The Annual Membership Meeting of the Society will be held on Sunday, September 8, 2013. A financial report will be presented and elections will be held for Board of Trustee members. The program will be about the development and maintenance of Washtenaw County parks. Please plan to attend.
A number of maintenance projects are currently underway. Several of the windows in the Carriage House are being renovated and some of the sashes are being replaced. The inside of the windows on the second floor of the Museum are being repaired and painted. In the fall the front doors are scheduled to be refinished and new weather stripping installed. One of the next projects will be the renovation of the Dining Room on the first floor of the Museum.
A major project in the Archives is the cataloging of the materials in all the storage boxes in the basement storage area. Each of the items within the boxes is being stored in acid free envelops or wrapped in acid free paper. Also, the items are being added to our master database so they can be identified during on-line searches. One of the major finds was over one thousand negatives from the Ypsilanti Daily Press that date back to the mid 1900s. These negatives are being cataloged and will eventually be scanned and made available to researchers on the Internet.
We will be conducting a membership drive in September and November to recruit new members for the 2014 membership year. Potential new members will be sent a Membership Application and a copy of the Fall Issue of the Gleanings. If you know of individuals who should be included in this membership drive please call Kaila at 734-482-4990 with their names and addresses.
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 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.