Yesteryears: Historical Advertisements

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, May 2001,
May 2001
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Note from the Archives Office

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, November 1987,
November 1987
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Author: Billie Zolkosky

We wonder if the ‘Gleanings’ ever gets read. Well I'm happy to say they do. I had a very interesting letter some time back from a lady in Huntington Woods. She had been visiting her Mother in Florida and a friend of the family had brought a ‘Gleanings’ for her Mother to read. Jim Westfall is the gentleman that was so generous. The Mother is Ann Melvin, Granddaughter of William Lambis. Sue Rauschert is a great, great Granddaughter. Sue came out one Saturday forenoon and enjoyed pictures, stories about her ancestors. She also has a sister that lives in Royal Oak. They have joined the Society so they are enjoying reading about William Lambie. Sue and I are goint to start the Diary from the beginning and put it in book form.

At the present time our files in the Archives are being redone, replace with Pendeflex files. They will be much easter to work with and will preserve the material in them much better….SO….if I am not getting some things done as fast as perhaps I should, please excuse me.

Have a Happy Thanksgivings from all of us at the Museum.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Open House.

Don't forget to come and see the Museum December 17th or 18th and bring your friends.

Upcoming Events: Craft Show & Ypsilanti Players

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, July 1987,
July 1987
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10:00 A.M.——4:00 P.M.


During the Heritage Festival the Ypsilanti Players will present “An Encore of Yesteryear”, Dessert and Drama of old Ypsilanti and J. M. Barrie's “The Twelve Pound Look”.

Historical characters found in the Ypsilanti Archives will make up the sketches played before the One Act Play which first was presented by the original Players in their opening season of 1915–1916.

Performances will be in St. Lukes Episcopal Church auditorium (originally the Quirk Theatre) on August 21st and 22nd at 8:30 p.m. and on Sunday, August 23rd, 1987 at 6:30 p.m.

Admission will be charged. This is the beginning of a restoration of your local community theatre to regular active service.

This production is supported by the Michigan Council for the Arts.

We need total community support to again become the group that was so well known in the past.

Thada Liskow, Secretary Ypsilanti Players 434-3289

News from the Historian's Office

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, July 1987,
July 1987
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Author: Doris Milliman

The collection of reference books in the Historian's Office has recently added the book Great pages of Michigan History from the Detroit Free Press, published by Wayne State University, 1987.

As the preface states: “It is not a textbook history. It is meant to be a scrapbook that pulls together reports of important events, such as Elections and Wars and more subtle events such as Furniture Sales and Movie Openings”. It is really glimpses into the past that show what life was like for our Ancestors. The first page is dated September 27, 1832 and the last page bears the date April 15, 1986.

It is a fascinating collection of News stories and you are welcome to come and read it.

Another newly acquired piece is a copy of the notes of the Survey of the Territorial Road, commencing at Timothy Sheloons in Wayne County at the 22 1/2 Mile Road Post of the Chicago Road.

Territorial Road traverses the State from Sheldon on the East to the mouth of the St. Joseph River in Berrian County of the West.

We are always interested in Family Histories to add to our collection and welcome records from family Bibles.

Speaking of Bibles, does anyone know the whereabout of a Clark Family Bible? The Clark Family lived in Superior Township.

Please let us know if you have any information about it.

News from the Museum Gift Shop

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, April 1987,
April 1987
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A sale on all Gift Shop items is now in progress through May 30th. All items are 10% off the ticketed price.

We continue our practice of NO DISCOUNT on Archive materials and books (such as the Atlas, Colburn, etc.)

Come in and take advantage of the sale. Some Easter items are available.

Support your Historical Society and Museum.

Oral History Program

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, January 1987,
January 1987
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The Ypsilanti Historical Museum invites you to listen to a program of Oral History

February 15, Sunday
From 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Miss Eileen Harrison will chair the program. Bring a friend, tour the museum if you like and listen to tapes made by Ypsilanti natives.

Crafts Demonstrations: How They Did It in the 1800's

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, October 1986,
October 1986
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Saturday: October 11th 10:00 am-4:00 pm


Ypsilanti Historical Museum
220 N. Huron Street

Rug Hooking
Chair Caning
Clothespin Dolls
Bobbin Lace Making
Basket Making
Cornhusk Dolls


Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, October 1986,
October 1986
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We need some items to enhance the Museum Rooms.

1. Antique Washstand in good condition
2. Brass Candlesticks
3. If you have antique dining room chairs suitable we need a set of 4-6.
4. Parlor Lamps or any Kerosene lamps would be appreciated
Please look in your attic perhaps you have items we could use. Call me at 482-7081 if you have anything we can use.

Thank you

Kathryn Howard

House Arrangement Chairperson

Arthur Howard wants to remind you that Lewis House can be rented for small meeting. It is a lovely home and would be a nice meeting place.

You may call Arthur Howard at 483-2625.

Museum Gift Shop

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, June 1986,
June 1986
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Author: Marge Gauntlett

We are planning already for the Heritage Festival in August and even for the Christmas holidays. Some merchandise just arriving includes:
Michigan and United States Flags
4 × 6 and 8 × 12
Victorian Postcards
Linan Towels (new designs)
Children's Aprons
Children's Tote Bags

The President's Message

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, June 1986,
June 1986
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Author: David Gauntlett

Dear Members:

We are once again into the busy time of year, with many activities going on and planned, all to culminate in our participation in the Heritage Festival August 22, 23, and 24, 1986.

Much work has been done in the past few months:

The Dining room has been repaired and repainted.

The Office and Archives have been rearranged and a contract has been let to repaint that area.

A contract has been let to have the ceiling medallion in the parlor rebuilt and replaced, as well as the missing area of the cornice on the east wall. When that work is completed the parlor will be painted.

At the back of the museum we had the City cut down an old Box Elder Tree that was a potential hazard to the Building.

In addition to all this we anticipate the completion of contract work from last year, namely to replace broken glass in several windows and tuck-point the exterior brick as necessary.

We had the Cleanup day as scheduled on April 19th and the few of us that assisted did a great job of cleaning out leaves, brush, junk and whatever from around the Building and made it look just great.

Tours by the School children have been keeping Guides busy again this year. (See report by Marge Gauntlett).

Again this year we will hold a raffle, winners to be drawn on August 24th, the last day of the Heritage Festival. As we did last year we will send Raffle Tickets to each member to sell as this is our one big money-maker at the present time. If we do well selling these tickets we have a number of projects that need to be done, such as painting the Louis White Room, the Exhibition Room and the Hallway. We are also discussing relocation the stairway to the basement to provide easier access.

Plans are going forward relating to our participation in the Heritage Festival again this year. The Board of Directors and the Administration Committee have some fine ideas in mind and we hope to incorporate some of these in our Festival Programming.

Although it may have been mentioned before-we hope you have noticed the Light in Front of the Museum. It is one of the lights that were at the front of the old Post-Office (now our Library). It is electrified and has an automatic switch which turns it on when it gets dark. It adds a nice touch to the House and provides excellent illumination at the front porch. Drive by some evening and see how great it does look.

Speaking of the above, does anyone know where the second light may be?????????


The Annual Business Meeting will be held in September this year and henceforth, per approval by the membership. This, it is hoped, will permit participation by more of our members. You will receive notice of the Meeting when a date has been finalized.

David Guantlett
President Ypsilanti Historical Society

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