Mother and Child, by John Nick Pappas, Sculptor


Mother and Child, by John Nick Pappas, Sculptor

“Mother and Child” sculpture by John Pappas in 1990 is in the Mother and Child Unit at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Looking Forward, by John Nick Pappas, Sculptor


Looking Forward, by John Nick Pappas, Sculptor

The “Looking Forward” statue by John Pappas in 2000 is located in BASF Waterfront Park in the City of Wyandotte. Pappas won a competition for this commission.

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John Nick Pappas Meets The Queen Of England


John Nick Pappas Meets The Queen Of England

Pappas was invited to exhibit in the international sculpture exhibition in Chelsea Harbour, England and was one of a handful of sculptors who were selected to meet the Queen of England.

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John Nick Pappas


John Nick Pappas

John Pappas was born in Detroit, the son of Greek immigrants. Growing up Greek was his first language and he served as an altar boy in the Greek Church.

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Transporting The John Pappas 1978 Sculpture


Transporting The John Pappas 1978 Sculpture

A huge crane and four flat bed trucks were needed to get the thirteen bronze figures moved from the Pappas Studio to the Blue Cross Blue Shield location in Detroit.

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Wicker Rocking Chair, circa 1830-1900


Wicker Rocking Chair, circa 1830-1900

Wicker Rocking Chair, circa 1830-1900 (Wicker with scrolls on back).

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Low-Back Armchair, circa 1850-1900


Low-Back Armchair, circa 1850-1900

Low-Back Armchair, circa 1850-1900 (Lowest back chair photographed).

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Boston Rocker, circa 1840


Boston Rocker, circa 1840

Boston Rocker, circa 1840 from Starkweather family (Black rocker with stencils on back and seat).

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Museum Advisory Board Report

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings
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Author: Nancy Wheeler, Board Chair

Charles Kettles was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in 1967. A display to honor him will be dedicated at the General Meeting on Sept. 27, 2:00 p.m. The display is located in the Edmonds-Ypsilanti Room.

The quilt exhibit will be held September 13 thru September 26. At least 85 quilts are scheduled to be on display. This is always a beautiful exhibit. Thank you to Sara VanderMeulen and her committee.

An exhibit of 25 chairs is now ready throughout the Museum. We have many styles dating from the 1800’s. The history of each style is included in the descriptions. Be sure to see the Boston Rocker once owned by the Starkweather family.

Rita Sprague and Midge Fahndrich have asked to be replaced on the Museum Advisory Board. Both have served in many capacities for years and will be greatly missed. Both will continue to docent and work on special projects. Thank you Rita and Midge!

More than 50 volunteers helped to present our beautiful Museum to the public during the Heritage Festival. Will you help next year? Will you help us before then? Call 734-482-4990 and Volunteer.


Photo Captions:

Photo 1: Boston Rocker, circa 1840 from Starkweather family (Black rocker with stencils on back and seat).

Photo 2: Low-Back Armchair, circa 1850-1900 (Lowest back chair photographed).

Photo 3: Wicker Rocking Chair, circa 1830-1900 (Wicker with scrolls on back).

Clone of From the President’s Desk

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings
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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.


Photo Captions:

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

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