We appreciate the financial support we continue to receive from the many members and friends of the Ypsilanti Historical Society. Our current effort is to raise $125,000 to pay off the balance owed the City of Ypsilanti for the property at 220 North Huron Street. Since December of 2011 we have raised $56,000 of that amount. The original purchase price was $250,000 back in 2006 with $125,000 paid down with the balance due in 10 years without any accrual of interest.
The Captain Robert Arvin Display has been moved into the YHS Museum and was dedicated during our quarterly meeting on May 6th. The lead article in this issue tells the story of this American hero from Ypsilanti who excelled in everything he did. Thanks to Bill Nickels for his PowerPoint Program about Captain Arvin at the quarterly meeting and to Charles Kettles for planning and carrying out the display dedication.
By the time you receive this issue of the GLEANINGS, our annual yard sale on June 2nd will be over. We have been collecting items for the yard sale for the past year and stored them for the event in the Starkweather House on Huron River Drive. Thanks to Bill and Karen Nickels for hosting the event and to all the volunteers who spent time marking the items, setting up the displays and working during the actual yard sale.
One of our ongoing efforts is to expand and digitize the master database for the Fletcher-White Archives and to upload the latest version to the Internet on a regular basis. You can check out the latest version by going to the YHS web site and clicking on “Archives Database” on the left column of the home page. That action will bring up a set of instructions on how to open the database and search it. Once the database has been opened, you can use “control-F” to 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. Clicking on “Next” will enable you to move through all the entries in the database for your search name.
Our next quarterly meeting will be held on Sunday, September 9, 2012, from 2 to 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 at 734-482-4990 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 to 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.