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From the President’s Desk

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Alvin Rudisill
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Ypsilanti Historical Society
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The “wheel chair lift” in the new entrance to the Fletcher-White Archives is now operational. This is a welcome addition and we have already had several physically challenged individuals make use of the lift.

It has been a busy couple of months getting the apartment on the first two levels of the Carriage House ready for rent. I am happy to report that we met the deadline and our new renters moved in on the first day of September. The next time you see Jerry Jennings please let him know how much we appreciate all his maintenance and renovation efforts. We also appreciate very much the help we received from Lynda Hummel and a number of her family members during the last couple of days before the deadline.

The Ypsilanti Heritage Festival brought in over three hundred visitors to the Museum and Archives. Our Museum Advisory Board members along with the many volunteer docents are to be congratulated and thanked for the many hours spent conducting tours and answering questions.

The Board recently approved a new genealogical research service that will be offered through the YHS Archives. George Ridenour, a volunteer for the Archives, will use a variety of online information databases (including, Rootsweb and Familysearch) as well as historic newspaper articles and information available from the Fletcher-White Archives to find your family’s story! The charge for the service is $12.00 for the first hour and $10.00 for each additional hour. George is an experienced researcher who has written several articles for The Gleanings – from historical houses and family history to ghost stories and famous visitors to the area.

We sadly report that Dorothy M. Humphrey passed away August 28, 2008. Dorothy was a long-time member of the Ypsilanti Historical Society, a docent, a faithful volunteer for all Museum activities and an active member of the Museum Advisory Board. She will be greatly missed by all of us here.


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