Report from the Museum Advisory Board

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Ypsilanti Gleanings, Spring 2005,
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Author: Virginia Davis-Brown

Are you ready for spring? I am. It seems that it has been a strange winter, 10 inches of snow and temps hovering around zero then 3 days later all the snow is gone. Maybe it will settle down and spring will be coming along very soon.

The museum was closed during the month of January for our annual cleaning and for some remodeling that was difficult to do when we were open. We now have a wonderful storage closet for our children's toys. Before it was a bathroom and up to last summer it still had a wash basin and a toilet. The paint was peeling and it only had metal shelving. The remodeling has been completed with beautiful new paint and several sets of adjustable shelves, which will give us more efficient storage for our precious toys.

Kathryn Howard and her committee have been very busy planning and putting together the next annual Art Show. The show will start on March 31 and run through April 17. These art pieces have been done by local artists. If you remember last year they were wonderful and the talent is outstanding. Please make plans to visit the museum and support our local talent. There will be oils, acrylics and watercolors, still life, portraits and other interesting processes. Last year there were several artists who had their pictures for sale. Maybe you could find just the picture you have been looking for.

Plans have started for the next Quilt Show-dates will be from September 29 through October 16. I know it sounds like a long way away but we need your help to make it a success. We are looking for quilts that we will be able to display for these three weeks and be able to share your talent or the talent of someone else. These quilts can be old or new, large or small. Last year we had over 100 quilts and some were made by men. If you can help us out please contact me at 484–0080.

We are in need of docents (guides) for our regular hours and also docents for special occasions, such as the art and quilt show. Regular hours involve a commitment of 2 hours a month and we will train you.

We hope that we will be seeing you soon at some of our shows and if you have ideas or comments please let us know. This is your museum and we want you to be involved. Think spring and my phone number is 484–0080 if you have quilts or want to volunteer.

News from the Fletcher-White Archives

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Spring 2005
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Author: Gerry Pety

Is that the sun I see outside the archive window? It is! Geez, the temperature is going above 32 degrees again and the sidewalk to the archive is absolutely clear and dry. Just what excuse is keeping you from visiting? Just in case you are thinking about stirring from your long winter hibernation we are open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, and for those who have to work for a living we are open Sunday afternoons from 12:00 noon until 3:00 pm. If you need directions just call me at the archives at 482–4990 or at home at 572–0437.

The archives have been particularly active this winter with people looking to find their roots in Ypsilanti. Genealogy has become the number one passion of visitors to the archives. Closely following the genealogists are the historical home and property owners and their search for pictures and stories of homes and businesses. We have enjoyed many of their individual stories about family histories and look forward to yours!

If you have pictures of Ypsilanti homes, businesses or area geographical sights we would really appreciate a copy of them here in the archives. We are also in need of any and all pre-1930 city directories of Ypsilanti and surrounding cities.

Thank you to our volunteers who share their time and knowledge to further the goals of the archives. Marcia Phillips in particular has been instrumental in organizing and keeping our preservation efforts on track and Tom Crocker has been doing a lot of research. Thank you, we really appreciate your work! Special thanks to our contributors: Ms. Gloria Worrel gave us two MSN Auroras in great shape for the years 1915 and 1917. Also contributed were two World War I helmets, one American and one French, and some ephemera from World War II by Mr. Dennis Becker. The helmets will eventually be in the museum displays this next year. Thank you for thinking of us!

Michigan Firehouse Museum

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Spring 2005
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Author: Marcia McCrary

The Michigan Firehouse Museum is just around the corner from the Ypsilanti Historical Museum, on Cross Street, from Huron to Washington. We began in 1999 with very limited hours, in the old Fire Station at 110 W. Cross Street. We now have an addition completed in June of 2002, which gives us more than 10,000 square feet of display space.

At any given time there are usually 15–17 fire trucks on display, plus showcases with breathing apparatus, nozzles, telegraph system, fire extinguishers and toys. In the old building, we have our Ypsilanti displays, which include pictures of the old fire stations before 1898, and some fire trucks and personnel from the 1920s to the 1940s. We have applied for a grant to expand this presentation of Ypsilanti History.

We would be delighted to have you come visit us. We often send people who express an interest in history on to your site, as well as to the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum.

We have a new website, which will have additional information and pictures soon: www.michiganfirehousemuseum.org

Our expanded hours are: Monday through Saturday: 10 AM to 4 PM, Sunday: 2–5 PM. Call us at 734–547–0663 if you have questions, or are interested in bringing a group at a time outside our regular hours.

Michigan Firehouse Museum

110 W. Cross St

Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197

Phone: 734–547–0663

Email: firemuseum2@msn.com

Spring Membership Meeting

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Author: John Pappas

What is an Interurban?

To find the authentic answer to this question and much more, you are invited to attend the Spring quarterly meeting of the Ypsilanti Historical Society on Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. The featured program is on a fascinating topic that is not only related to the history of Ypsilanti, but greatly impacted its growth and development.

Our speaker is Richard Andrews, a noted authority and lecturer on the Interurban. Mr. Andrews' interest in rail transportation began during his childhood and has become a lifelong passion. He has assisted in the creation of several books on the subject of the Michigan lines. More recently he has helped develop two books on Detroit Street Cars and four books on the Detroit United Railway System.

Mr. Andrews was employed by AAA of Michigan for 32 years in the Travel Department and is a member of several local and national railroad clubs. Please mark this date on your calendar-Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 2:00 pm. Bring a friend and enjoy this interesting and informative oral history and slide presentation. And as always, there will be delicious refreshments and a chance to visit with our speaker following the meeting.

See, hear, feel and live a part of the rich history of Ypsilanti.





Ypsilanti Historical Society Annual Membership Meeting

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September 20, 2004

The September Annual Membership meeting program will be given by Bob Zaetta. He will speak on "Women of the Civil War" with a slide presentation demonstrating the range of women's involvement in the Civil War as nurses, spies, warriors and other diverse roles.

Mr. Zaetta earned a BA degree in education from Eastern Michigan University and a MA degree from Michigan State University. He has lived in Plymouth, MI since 1972 where he has been active in the Plymouth Historical Society and other organizations. He is a member of the four Southeastern Michigan Civil War Round Table's and has served as president of the George W. Lee CWRT in Howell. Until Mr. Zaetta's retirement in 1998, he has been a teacher in the Redford Union School District for 34 years teaching both junior and senior high school classes. He completed his career in public school by teaching the last seventeen years both U.S. (and Advanced U.S.) history and Michigan history. He has lead tour groups (including one-day field trips by his history classes) to the Gettysburg Battlefield and Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Mr. Zaetta considers himself a “serious student” of the Civil War. He has tried to blend his hobby of photography with his love of history.

Remember to mark your calendars for September 19, 2004 at 2 p.m. in the Museum.

taken from….

ROSES and BLUEBIRD VERSES of Frederick B. McKay 1968

(QUOTE)

“We strive until our goal is gained, Then look for one still unattained; For hope springs not from what we've done, But for the things we've just begun.” p.53

2004 Heritage Festival Plans Underway

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Summer 2004
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Author: Joan Carpenter

Kevin Gilmartin has taken over the chair of FESTIVAL COORDINATOR held by Betty Jones over the past couple of years. She has done a fantastic job making the Festival a great success and we are certain that Kevin will do equally as well. We'll miss Betty and we wish Kevin the best of success in following in her footsteps!

Our lovely museum is being cleaned and prepared to be a showcase on everyone's “must see” agenda. There have been several changes made in the museum, including new carpets, new pieces of furniture added, here and there, and, again the display of the “Underground Railroad”.

We will be open to the public, free of charge, on all three days of the Festival, August 20,21,22 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Visitors will get a tour of the rooms and see the changes and improvements that have been made as well as how a home of the 1860s might be furnished.

We will need a great many people to help guide the visitors through the house during this busy time.

Being a docent during the Festival has many advantages.

#1-It is an opportunity to get better acquainted with the history of the city.

#2-You get to meet some of the nicest people.

#3-You get to spend two hours in air-conditioned comfort, or out of the rain.

#4-Visitors think of you as a very knowledgeable person. That's if you keep your note-card out of sight!

If you think you'd like to volunteer two hours of your time in the comfort and beauty of this grand, old house, please call Joan Carpenter…971-0536. Two hour shifts will be:

12 noon-2 p.m.

2 p.m.-4 p.m.

4 p.m.-6 p.m.

Your help will be greatly appreciated and we know you will enjoy the experience!

We look forward to seeing you!

Remember?

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Summer 2004
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The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company grocery advertisement of May 18, 1931. There were four neighborhood locations listed for A & P in Ypsilanti that year, they were:

30 E. Cross St.
35 N. Huron St.
115 W. Michigan Ave.
103 N. Washington St.

Grocery stores, starting in the 1920's were forming into “chain store” type organizations as a way of maximizing their purchasing power, thus lowering prices to their customers and driving mom and pop stores into oblivion. These chain stores were also the beginning of the “self service” style of shopping we have today. No more walking up to the counter and ordering a clerk to put together your order for you. You now began to pick the shelves yourself, comparing prices, reading the labels to see what was the better value. Credit was also going away as a matter of general business. If you didn't have t the silver quarter to pay, you didn't get that loaf of Grandmothers Bread and 2 pounds of green beans. No “tick” with most chain stores.

Oh by the way, gas in the late 20's was about 10 cents a gallon or ten gallons for 99 cents. (9.9 cents a gallon) Which is where and why we still have the archaic 9/10 cent pricing structure at the gas pump. Thank goodness we don't have to pump the gas into the “tower” to dispense it into our cars gas tank. Phew, too much work!

Contributions to the Society

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November 2004
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Donations are always welcome and are tax deductible.

Capital Fund for Development

This will provide funding for a handicapped entrance to the museum basement and increase meeting space for groups.

Endowment Fund

Presently pays the lease for the archival space and the salary of the archivist. As the fund grows, it will hopefully pay for a professional museum director.

Dues & Unspecified Donations

Helps with the daily operation of the museum and general maintenance of museum interior and artifacts.

Specified Donations

Memorials-Families may remember their loved ones by initiating a memorial fund in their name.
Special Projects-donors may contribute to a
project initiated by the donor or suggested by the Historical Society.

Archives

Local family histories are eagerly accepted.

Collections

The museum will accept collections for a short term exhibition. We also accept collections for a tax deductible contribution.

Announcements

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Ypsilanti Historical Society Quarterly Membership Meeting: February 20th 2005Ñ

The February Quarterly membership meeting program will be given by Barry LaRue. He will speak about Ypsilanti. Barry will have a slide presentation comparing and contrasting buildings 100 years ago to the 1960's to structures presently being restored.

Mr. LaRue has been a life long resident of Ypsilanti and has been dedicated to collecting Ypsilanti history. He was a long time member of the Ypsilanti Historic District Commission and presently serves as Ward 3 Ypsilanti City Council representative. Community memberships include Riverside Arts Center board and our Ypsilanti Historical Society. He is a most entertaining speaker and enjoys having audience participation during his presentation. This should be a most informative and interesting program.

Refreshments will be served.

Mark your calendars for February 20, 2005 at 2 p.m. in the Museum.

Historical Society Garage Sale, June 4: 2005

We are collecting items for the 2005 garage sale. When doing your winter and spring cleaning please consider bringing your unwanted items to the museum. Thank you to those who have already brought in items. If you need things picked up call Karen & Bill Nickels at (734) 483-8896. Our sale last June was very successful.

Donations for the sale can be brought to the museum, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays 2:00-4:00 p.m., or making special arrangements to deliver them to the museum. Call the museum at 482-4990.

Contributions to the Society

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, Spring 2004,
Spring 2004
Original Images:


Donations are always welcome and are tax deductible.

Capital Fund for Development

This will provide funding for a handicapped entrance to the museum basement and increase meeting space for groups.

Endowment Fund

Presently pays the lease for the archival space and the salary of the archivist. As the fund grows, it will hopefully pay for a professional museum director.

Dues & Unspecified Donations

Helps with the daily operation of the museum and general maintenance of museum interior and artifacts.

Specified Donations

Memorials-Families may remember their loved ones by initiating a memorial fund in their name.
Special Projects-donors may contribute to a project initiated by the donor or suggested by the Historical Society.

Archives

Local family histories are eagerly accepted.

Collections

The museum will accept collections for a short term exhibition. We also accept collections for a tax deductible contribution.

VISITING THE MUSEUM

220 North Huron Street Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197 (734) 482-4990

LOCATION

The Museum is in the historic part of the city just north of down town, Ypsilanti.

There are two other Museums within walking distance of the YHM, the new Fire House Museum and the Automotive Museum in Depot Town.

The Yankee Air Force Museum is just a short drive away.

HOURS

The Museum is open Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Docents are available to guide visitors through the Museum

GIFT SHOP

The Gift Shop (located in the rear of the building) is open during regular Museum hours and during special events.

TOURS

Group tours are arranged by calling at least a week in advance. (734) 971-0536 or (734) 482-4990 Schools, clubs and organizations are welcome.

There is no entrance fee. Donations are appreciated.

SPECIAL EVENTS THAT ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

June

Trash and Treasure Sale

August

Heritage Festival

December

Christmas Open House

New Year's Jubilee

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