It is my pleasure and privilege to serve as the President of the Ypsilanti Historical Society. This is my first “From the President's Desk” article and I will try to bring you up-to-date on activities of the Society.
You may have noticed some changes in the layout and design of this issue of Ypsilanti Gleanings. We are indebted to Keith Bretzius, Publications Coordinator for UCI, a local Ann Arbor firm that provides management services for local, state and national non-profit organizations. Keith did the design and layout of this issue and, in addition, provided guidance to the staff involved in the reproduction, assembly and distribution.
The most notable change that has taken place in the Ypsilanti Historical Society is the approval by the membership of new Bylaws that call for significant changes in the administrative structure of the Society. The new administrative structure provides for three unique and distinct advisory boards for the Museum, Archives and Endowment Fund. This new structure will enable each Board to focus their efforts to improve and expand activities and programs in their specific area of responsibility.
Significant efforts will be made over the next couple of months to obtain grant funds to support the YHS Photo Archives Project. This project was initiated several months ago in cooperation with the University of Michigan Library System. When completed, the 5,000 photographs in the YHS museum and archives will be accessible world wide through the Internet. The photo database will be searchable via keywords and dates and printable versions of each photograph will be able to be downloaded and printed out on a local printer.
Upcoming YHS events include the Art Show from March 31 to April 17 sponsored by the Museum Advisory Board, the Board of Trustees meeting on April 14, the Archives, Endowment Fund and Archives Advisory Board meetings on May 12 and the Spring quarterly membership meeting on May 15.
We are indebted to all the volunteers whose efforts make the Ypsilanti Historical Society function on a day-to-day basis. It would be impossible to name each of them but they include our board members who, in addition to leadership efforts, serve as volunteers to keep our facilities clean and functioning, our docents who provide our visitors with valuable information about artifacts and historical events, and all of the other individuals who spend numerous hours each month.
The Information about upcoming Society events, visit us on-line at: www.ypsilantihistoricalsociety.org