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Author: Alvin E. Rudisill

We have installed a “Charles S. Kettles” display in the Edmunds/Ypsilanti Room in the Museum. Lt. Colonel Kettles served during the Vietnam War and is currently being considered for the Medal of Honor. The program at our 2:00 pm, September 27th, Membership Meeting will be presented by Bill Nickels and will feature the service of Lt. Colonel Kettles. The display will be dedicated following the program and meeting. Make sure you place the September 27th Membership Meeting on your calendar.

The YHS Museum and Archives was part of the “Walking Tour of Historical Sites” that took place at the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival. Many people toured the museum and archives and had their “ticket” punched so they would be eligible for the tour prizes. First prize was $1,000 and second prize was a $500 golf and weekend stay at the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor Marriott Hotel.

We are looking for authors to contribute articles for the Gleanings. With the passing of prolific authors Phil Barnes and Tom Dodd it has been somewhat of a struggle to gather the number of stories we need to fill the available space. Please call me at 734-476-6658 or email me at al@rudisill.ws if you are interested in submitting a story or in becoming one of our regular contributors.

One of our new projects in the Archives is to transcribe the many “Oral History” audio tapes that have been produced over the years by YHS members and many others, including A. P. Marshall who produced a series on African American history in Ypsilanti. Alice Calder started this project a couple of years ago and now volunteer Sam Smaltz has taken on the responsibility. A new collection titled “Oral Histories” will be established and the printed version of each audio tape along with the actual audio tape will be placed in a folder in a file cabinet.

I want to thank all of the volunteers who serve on our boards, docent in the Museum, provide services in our Archives, or provide other services to the Ypsilanti Historical Society. Without their efforts it would be impossible to provide the many services available through the Society.


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Photo 1: The display case in the Edmunds/Ypsilanti Room featuring the military service of Lt. Colonel Charles Kettles.