With summer flying by, the Museum has been busy and interesting. We have had many out of country, national, state and local visitors. Representatives visited the Museum from Sweden, China, Greece and many other states within the United States.
The Babbitt Collection is now displayed throughout the Museum and has attracted a lot of attention. Some visitors have indicated they have seen Babbitt collections in other places such as Grand Rapids and Toledo.
Karen Nickels and Nancy Wheeler have set up a wonderful permanent exhibit on the Underground Railroad in the Ypsilanti Room. The Cleary College display is now located on the second floor of the Museum in the hallway.
Our most wonderful acquisition recently is a Ferrand 1907 reed organ that was manufactured in Detroit, Michigan. It is a beautifully restored organ given by local resident Mr. Roland Schaedig. We are so grateful and cannot thank him enough for this gift.
To add to our John Barnhill Collection, the family of James Keegan has donated his 1959 Ypsilanti High School Band uniform.
Local residents and visitors in Ypsilanti for high school and college reunions regularly express their thanks for the memories our displays bring back about their youth. The Lost Ypsilanti Display at this time seems to be the favorite for visitors who grew up in Ypsilanti.
Our next function will be the Quilt Exhibit that will run from September 26 to October 10. We welcome all quilters to register and display their wonderful talents at this annual program. If you have exhibited before we ask for quilts that were not previously displayed. Also, if you wish to be a docent during the show, we would be grateful. Please contact Kathleen J. Campbell by telephone at (734) 483-5693 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rita Sprague at (734) 483-4600.
The weather was not kind during the Heritage Festival so our attendance was down compared to previous years. Those who came in the rain Saturday enjoyed their Museum tour and also our lacemakers, who braved working in the tent.
We are sorry to announce the closing of the Gift Shop due to the slow sale of gift items. We still have some pottery and everything is now on sale. Items have been marked off one-half or more from the original sale price. We will still be selling books at the lower level in the Archives. The local history books make wonderful gifts and Christmas is quickly approaching. Also, we will continue to sell the 2011 calendars with the wonderful views from Ypsilanti of yesteryears in both the Museum and the Archives.
We welcome Anne Stevenson as a new member on the Museum Advisory Board. Anne served as the Chair of the 2009 Holiday Reception and is also a Docent in the Museum.
It is hard to believe how fast the Christmas Open House on December 5th and the Holiday Reception on December 29th are approaching.
Have a wonderful fall season.
(Kathryn Howard is the Chair of the Museum Advisory Board.)