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From the President's Desk (Spring 2012)

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Ypsilanti Historical Society
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We have received many compliments over the past few months regarding our quarterly publication, the GLEANINGS. Much of the credit is due our authors who continue to produce interesting and informative stories of the people, places and things that make up our city’s history. Credit is also due to our Assistant Editor Peg Porter and our Design and Layout Specialist Tom Dodd. In this issue there is an invitation for others to submit articles for inclusion in future issues of the GLEANINGS.

We appreciate the financial support we continue to receive from the many members and friends of the Ypsilanti Historical Society. Last year we raised over $16,000 to build and install over 40 storm windows at the Museum resulting in significant savings in heating and cooling bills. Our most recent effort raised over $20,000 toward the $125,000 still owed the city of Ypsilanti for the purchase of the property at 220 North Huron Street. The $125,000 owed the City is due in five years so future fundraising efforts will need to be devoted to this program.

The 2012 Annual Yard Sale hosted by Bill and Karen Nickels will be held on June 2. We will be collecting and storing items for the sale throughout the winter and spring. If you have items to donate please drop them off at the Museum Tuesday through Sunday 1-5 p.m. or call Bill Nickels at 734-474-3259 or Al Rudisill at 734-476-6658 to arrange for the items to be picked up.

Please check out the “Archives Database” that has been posted to the YHS web site. Just click on “Archives Database” on the left column of the home page and it will bring up a set of instructions on how to open and search it. Using “control-F” will bring up a search box on your browser (location on the page depends on the browser being used) where you can type in the names of people, places or things and then search the entire database to see if we have that name in our collections.

Our next quarterly meeting will be held on Sunday, May 6, from 2-4 p,m. We will have a brief business meeting followed by a program. Members will be notified of program details by email or postcard. If you are not currently on our email listserv please call the Museum and have your name added. We are using the listserv only for program notifications. Your email address will not be shared with others. Also, please check the Event Schedule on our web site for upcoming special programs and displays.

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 2-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. If you are available during that time and are interested in helping us preserve the historical information and artifacts of the area, or in educating the general public about our history, please give me a call at 734-476-6658.