Several new projects have been completed since the publication of the last “From the President’s Desk” report in the Winter 2010 issue of the Gleanings. First, a new theater system has been installed in the Education Center thanks to the generosity of Joe and Mae Butcko. Another project completed is the construction of a back-lit box and the mounting of the Charles Stewart Mott stained glass portrait in the entrance to the Archives. The portrait was a gift to the Society by Jack and Esther Minzey. Jerry Jennings and Bill Nickels assisted with the installation of a beam and supporting posts in the basement under the William Edmunds Ypsilanti Room. The beam was necessary to support the floor which had become unstable. Beginning in April we will have an “Education Night at the Archives” which will features historically significant movies and documentaries utilizing the new theater. James Mann is the coordinator and will also provide an introduction to each program and lead a discussion following the program. Some time in April we will be losing Derek Spinei as an Intern in the Archives. Derek will be completing his graduate program in Historical Preservation at Eastern Michigan University and will be joining the work force. Michael Newberry, who has been serving as the Intern upstairs in the Museum will be moving downstairs to replace Derek. Lauren Carpenter, another Intern from the EMU graduate program in Historical Preservation, will replace Michael in the Museum. Also, in January we signed a four-year extension with EMU on our Intern Agreement. Our next quarterly meeting will be held on Sunday, May 1, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. We will have a very brief business meeting followed by a program on “Historical Preservation in the 21st Century.” The program will be presented by Derek Spinei and Michael Newberry, the two interns currently working in the YHS Archives and Museum. Considerable effort is being put forth to develop a digitized database of all the collections in the YHS Archives. The database will be searchable via computer and will assist visitors in locating specific data contained in all 33 archive collections. We are always 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. Photo Captions: Photo 1: EMU President Sue Martin and YHS President Al Rudisill sign a new Intern Agreement. In the center is Ted Ligibel who coordinates the graduate program in Historical Preservation at EMU.
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