The front sidewalk has been repaired and our first order of named bricks have been installed along each side leading up to the front door of the Museum. We have two additional orders for named bricks being processed and intend to install them next spring. We still have space for approximately 20 bricks so if you would like to be included in our final order call 734-482-4990 between 2 and 5 pm Monday through Friday to place your order with Ashley Turner, our Graduate Intern. A photo of the repaired front sidewalk is included in the brick ad in this issue of the Gleanings.
The YHS Board of Trustees has appointed three new members to the Endowment Fund Advisory Board. They are Melanie Parker, Michael Newbury and Mike Kabat. The Board will be meeting within the next month to review the investment policies for our endowment funds.
The YHS Board also approved a new fundraising program called “The Closet Art Program.” We will be asking YHS members and friends to check in their closets to find hanging art pieces that they are no longer using and to consider donating these items to the Society. Donors will receive a donation letter verifying the donation of the item(s) to a 501(c)(3) organization. We will then place the items for sale in one or more Ypsilanti business establishments. For instance, Beezy’s Café on North Washington Street has agreed allow the Society to hang the art pieces on four walls within the Café. Laura Bien is coordinating the program for the Society.
Our Christmas Open House will be held from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday, December 7. Refreshments will be served and musical entertainment provided. The 20 foot Christmas tree has been set up and the Dow House decorated with holiday trimmings. Please come and help us celebrate the Christmas season.
Melanie Parker, our graduate intern in the YHS Archives, will be graduating in December so we will be interviewing candidates to fill that position starting in January. We will really miss Melanie and the leadership she has provided in updating our Master Database and uploading it to the Internet, and in coordinating our Photo Archives project.