Our current major project is to expand and resurface the Museum parking lot and repair the sidewalk and parking lot entrance. The Historic District Commission has approved a plan to expand the parking lot 10' toward the house which will provide us with three additional parking spaces. Plans are being drawn up and we expect to gain final approval from the city and pave the lot in the next couple months. Concurrently with the paving project will be a fundraising effort by our Endownment Fund Board to raise the $20,000 needed to pay for the project.
Our next quarterly meeting will be held on Sunday, May 6. We are very fortunate to have Tom Dodd as our speaker. The title of his presentation will be "Discovering 19th Century Architecture Through Reverse Didatic Encounters." Emphasis will be on using the built environment as an active learning resource. Tom has retired after 50 yeas of teaching but he just can't stop. He will take us down the same path that has been followed by hundreds of his students as he compared the built environments in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.
The YHS yard sale is scheduled for Saturday June 6. This is an important fundraising activity for our organization as we raise several thousand dollars that support the operational expenses associated with running the Museum and Archives. Ron Rupert is providing storage space for us prior to the sale so if you have items to donate please call Bill Nickels (734-483-8896) or Al Rudisill (734-476-6658) to arrange for a pick-up. We extend our sincere thanks to Bill and Karen Nickels for hosting this event.
Pamela German, our Intern from the graduate program in Historical Preservation at EMU, will be graduating at the end of April. Pam has done a great job of coordinating the efforts of our many volunteers in the Museum and she will be missed. We will be interviewing candidates to fill her position in the next few weeks.
We are always looking for volunteers as docents for the Museum or research assistants for the Archives. Both the Museum and Archives are open from 2:00 to 5:00 pm from Tuesday to Sunday. If you are available during that time and are interesting in helping us preserve the historical information and artifacts of the area, or educating the general public about our history, please give me a call at 734-476-6658.