This has been a great year for the Ypsilan- ti Historical Society and I want to thank all of you who have made contributions through our fund raising programs, the volunteer staff program for our Museum and Archives, the various Advisory Boards that provide leadership for our sponsored activities, and our members who provide support and encouragement to all of us.
One of our major activities during the remainder of this year and during 2012 will be to launch a campaign to raise the $125,000 balance owed the City of Yp- silanti for the purchase of the property at 220 North Huron Street. Now that we have completed the major renovation projects on the Museum and the Carriage House and completed the paving of the parking lot, we can focus our efforts on paying off this balance. Donald Loppnow was recently elected Chair of the Endow- ment Fund Advisory Board and we look forward to his leadership in guiding this effort.
Our Holiday Open House is scheduled for Sunday, December 4th from 1 to 5 p.m. Re- freshments will be served and we will be entertained by strolling musicians. James Mann, author of “Wicked Ann Arbor” and Laura Bien, author of “Hidden History of Ypsilanti” will be in the Archives au- tographing their new publications. Come and join us for an afternoon of fellowship. The tree will be up and the Museum will be decorated for the Christmas season.
Our thanks to James Mann for hosting the “Education Nights in the Archives” pro- gram. We will be featuring films that have significant historical value and James will provide an introduction to each film and lead the discussion after the film has been shown. We are keeping Society members notified of the times and film titles through our new email list-serve. If you have not been receiving our email notices please call Lauren Carpenter at the Museum (734-482-4990) between 2 and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and provide her with your email address.
We are always looking for volunteers as docents for the Museum or research assis- tants for the Archives. Both the Museum and Archives are open from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.If you are avail- able during that time and are interested in helping us preserve the historical informa- tion and artifacts of the area, or in educat- ing the general public about our history, please give me a call at 734-476-6658.