There never seems to be a break in all the activity in and around the YHS Museum and Archives. Spring projects included “brick tucking” on both the Museum and Carriage House, repair of the support structure under the handicapped entrance at the back of the Museum, repair and resurfacing of the floors in the old gift shop, the William Edmunds Ypsilanti Room and the first floor office, and painting the rooms where the floors were repaired.
Kathy and Jenn, our renters in the lower level of the Carriage House, have taken over the responsibility for yard work on the property. Many flower beds have been expanded and others added and we are receiving many complements on the appearance of the grounds.
We appreciate very much the support of all the volunteers who assisted with the annual yard sale. This was the most successful yard sale ever held and a special thanks is due Karen and Bill Nickels for hosting the event and for all their efforts over the past year in collecting items for the sale. Please read the article in this issue of the Gleanings on the yard sale.
Our relationship with the graduate program in Historical Preservation at Eastern Michigan University continues with the appointment of two new interns. Lauren Carpenter has been assigned to assist in running the Museum and Deirdre Fortino (Dee) will assist in running the Archives. Our best wishes to former interns Derek Spinei and Michael Newberry as they complete their graduate programs and pursue their careers.
Considerable effort is being put forth to develop a digitized database of all the collections in the YHS Archives. The database is searchable via computer and has been posted on the Society web site. Our activities at the present time are focused on the organization of our photographic collections which include tintypes, glass slides, negatives and photographs in all sizes and shapes. In addition to digitizing the photographs, appropriate preservation and storage issues are being addressed.
Our next quarterly meeting will be held on Sunday, September 11, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. We will have a brief business meeting followed by a program. Members will be notified of program details by email or postcard. If you are not currently on our email listserv please call the Museum and have your name added. We are using the listserv only for program notifications. Your email address will not be shared by others.
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.