Our “PAY OFF THE MORTAGE” campaign is in full swing and we expect to pay off the balance of the mortgage on the property at 220 North Huron Street in September of this year. The “Buy a Brick” campaign has netted over $16,000, the yard sales at the Nickels home in Normal Park and the Rudisill home in College Heights have brought in over $6,500, the Rotary Club of Ypsilanti donated $1,000 and provided a challenge grant of $4,000 (which has been matched), the Bank of Ann Arbor donated $1,000, the Haabs Restaurant fundraiser brought in just under $400 and the Kripps Family Foundation donated $1,000.
We expect to sell bricks through August of this year so if you haven’t bought a brick you still have time. Our fundraising will need to cover the cost of repairing the front limestone sidewalk in the front of the Museum and the installation of the bricks along each side of the walk. We thank all of you who have made financial donations and devoted your time and energy to this program.
Later this summer we plan to have a “Volunteer Maintenance Day” at the Museum to catch up on some needed yard and building maintenance. We will be emailing our local members and asking them to show up on a Saturday with some yard tools or paint brushes. The primary projects with be scraping and painting the handicapped ramp and working on the flower and bush beds around the Museum and Carriage House. We hope you will join us.
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 and 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 looking for volunteers to serve 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.
(NOTE: Some of the information published in the Cub Berdan article in the Winter 2013 issue of the Gleanings was quoted from Jim McKinney’s blog about Cub Berdan on the Michigan Fiddlers website. The blog can be viewed on the Internet at: http://www.michiganfiddle.com/cub-berdan-overview-1. The photo of Cub Berdan published in that article also came from Jim McKinney, who obtained it from Cub Berdan’s granddaughter. )