This has been an outstanding year for the Ypsilanti Historical Society. Our “PAY OFF THE MORTAGE” campaign was very successful and in September we were able to pay the City of Ypsilanti the balance owed on the $250,000 purchase of the property at 220 North Huron Street. Maxe Obermeyer was asked to plan the celebrations for this accomplishment and he orchestrated a “Burn the Mortgage” party for major donors and also conducted a “Destroy the Mortgage” activity at the quarterly membership meeting in September.
Our next major effort will be to install the 200 named bricks that were sold as part of the campaign. Approximately $30,000 was raised from the sale of bricks. Our plans are to place the bricks on each side of the sidewalk leading up to the front door of the Museum. A contractor has been hired, permits have been obtained, and we expect the sidewalk to be repaired and the bricks placed in October.
Our two Interns, Ashley Turner and Melanie Parker, are planning a Halloween party for children ten and under in the Museum on October 26 between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. There will be a $5 charge for each child and children must be accompanied by an adult. Activities planned include: child approved ghost stories, fortune telling, face painting and Victorian crafts. A small lunch will be served and costumes are optional. If you are interested in attending please call the Museum at 734-482-4990 between 1 and 5 pm Monday through Friday.
The YHS Board of Trustees presented “Gerald Jennings Service Awards” to James Mann, George Ridenour and Lyle McDermott at the September Quarterly Membership Meeting. Please read the article in this issue of the Gleanings to see the significant contributions these three individuals make to the services we provide in the Archives.
We are always looking for articles for the Gleanings from individuals who grew up in Ypsilanti. Please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an idea for an article. The next deadline for the submission of articles is November 15.
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.