Report from the Museum Advisory Board
Wow, what a summer we have had so far, weather nearing the 100 degree mark and humidity right along with it. Things are heating up at the museum also. Our tours have been outstanding. In June we had over 475 students and adults tour our museum. I think that is the highest number we have had go through in a month in just tours. It was a great job by the docents.
Flag Day found the museum in a party atmosphere, as we tried to show our appreciation to our Docents for all the work that they do, with a luncheon. There were 31 in attendance. Each received a small gift.
We will, again this year, be participating in the Heritage Celebration. It will involve between 80 and 100 people for the 3 days to act as docents. If you are in Ann Arbor near the Ann Arbor Street Museum you might stop in and see their exhibit of the 1920 and 1930 era. They have borrowed 3 of our dresses to show some of the clothing that was worn during that period.
This year we have a new “Lost Ypsilanti Speaks” exhibit. There is information on 15 sites, 3 families and a map showing where each had lived. If you didn't see last years exhibit we have that on the second floor which makes it a total of 34 different sites. Do you know which Mayor was a professional baseball player and also the first African American, in Ypsilanti, to be elected to that high position, or what church burned almost to the ground right across from the fire department? If you don't, stop in and find out. If you haven't been in yet plan on stopping in before September 5.
The museum now has an Intern working five days a week. Jessica Williams was born in West Virginia and is in the Graduate Program at Eastern. She will be helping us in many areas.
Our 4th Annual Quilt Exhibit is now being planned. If you have a quilt that you would like to exhibit, and it has not been shown before, please let me know and we will be glad to display it for you. The quilts will be different than those that have been shown before. It will open September 28 and run until October 15. There will be a suggested donation of $3.00 this year. The hours will be Thursdays and Fridays from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4:00 pm. There will be more information coming.