Since our spring issue of GLEANINGS there have been many exciting and interesting activities at the Museum.
With the opening of the 1860s Civil War Exhibit in June we have had many tours and visitors. The Exhibit has proven very interesting to the public. Many visitors have found names of their ancestors and many have given us more information. The Exhibit will end on September 18.
The Heritage Festival was held in August and the Museum and Archives had extended open hours. Although the attendance was down this year, those who visited indicated they enjoyed the new and updated presentations including the Civil War “Lost Ypsilanti” exhibit. Lower attendance was probably due to the uncertain weather during the Heritage Festival.
We are getting ready for our Quilt Exhibit starting September 25th through October 9th. If you have a handmade quilt you would like to exhibit, contact Rita Sprague at 483-3600 or the Museum Office at 482-4990. We expect 100 lovely quilts. We are fortunate to have very talented people in our community. Hours will be regular Museum hours, with an opening reception on Sunday, September 25th.
Our exhibits for the autumn season will be store items that Ypsilanti merchants advertised and sold. Many items were made and sold in Ypsilanti in those early days. The mannequins will have new costumes and will be ready for the autumn season.
Our two interns are very good in helping with our extra activities. Lauren has completely redone the Solarium. Many more new plants have been added.
The new Calendars for 2012 are here and can be purchased in the Archives. Where the Gift Shop was is now the reception room––called “The Heritage Room”––with portraits of residents of Ypsilanti and our past ancestors.