We are certainly going to miss our friend and supporter Tom Dodd who passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2013. Tom was in the middle of the design and layout of this issue of the Gleanings as well as many other volunteer projects. There is an article about the life of Tom Dodd in this issue and there will undoubtedly be several programs scheduled throughout the community in celebration of his life.
The Quarterly Membership Meeting of the Society was held on Sunday, May 19. The program was titled "Gals with Gumption" and was presented by our new Intern, Melanie Parker. The program focused on a number of women that were prominent in the historical development of Ypsilanti. The program featured an online Internet program that was developed by Melanie and other students enrolled in the Graduate Program in Historical Preservation at EMU. A link to the program is located on the right side of the home page on the YHS website. Thanks to Melanie, and the others in her group, for adding to the information available about prominent individuals in our city's history.
Another feature of the Quarterly Membership Meeting was the presentation of the Gerald Jennings Service Award to Karen and Bill Nickels. The award was established in 2012 by the Board of Trustees of the Ypsilanti Historical Society to honor individuals who have dedicated a significant amount of their time and talents to Society programs, activities and projects. Karen and Bill Nickels were chosen for their many years of service to the Society in a wide variety of positions and roles. Their names have been added to the plaque that hangs in the front hallway of the Museum. Kathryn Howard and VIrginia Davis-Brown were the first recipients of the award.
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 website and in this issue of the Gleanings for upcoming special programs and displays.
We are 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 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.