Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Collection

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, March 1996,
March 1996
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Dear Sir or Madam:

Are you a collector? A believer in Ypsilanti? An historic automobile buff? Or, may be all three? Have we got an investment for you!

The Ypsilanti Historical Society (a 501(c)3 non-profit entity) has recently obtained limited edition Kaiser Frazer stock certificates, which are now being offered to the public as a fund raiser for the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Collection. All proceeds from the certificates will go toward maintenance of the Collection located at 112 East Cross Street (next to Miller Motor Sales-the last Hudson dealership in operation, established 1927) in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

The Heritage Collection Museum is dedicated to preserving Ypsilanti's prominent role in the history of the automobile, which began in 1919 with the Apex Motor Car Company. Besides other well known manufacturers, the Kaiser Frazer Corporation was an integral part of Ypsilanti's automotive past. In 1945, the company purchased the east Ypsilanti Willow Run B-24 bomber plant for manufacturing its Kaiser and Frazer automobiles. High-lights of the Collection include a 1948 Frazer Manhattan, 1953 Kaiser Dragon, 1963 Chevy II Nova Super Sport hardtop, and a 1969 Corvair Monza with 529 actual miles. Also featured is a full-size Tucker replica made for the movie, “Tucker, a Man and His Dream.”

Celebrate the 100th Year of the Automobile by purchasing a part of its past and investing in preserving its history. The Kaiser Frazer stock certificates are printed in Increments of $1 to $100 (a minimum $ 10 patronage is requested), and can be obtained by completing the coupon provided and returning it with your check to:

The Ypsilanti Historical Society
112 East Cross Street
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48198

If you have any questions or would like additional information please call The Ypsilanti Historical Society at (313) 482–4990 or (313) 482–5200.

Sincerely,

Museum Requests

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, April 1985,
April 1985
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Author: Billie Zolkosky

Our Museum is in need of Roosevelt High School Year Books (The Echo-Hillcrest) for the Years 1934, to 1946. Also 1948, 49 and 1950.

Mr. Bill Ealy, Chairman of the Grounds at the Museum would appreciate any one that would like to help in the area of helping to take care of the shrubs, flower beds etc. (No cutting of grass). Please call and leave word at the office.

Kathryn Howard hopes to have some one donate:

Oil Lamps

Candlesticks-Silver, Brass or Crystal

Set of Antique Dining Room Chairs

Thanks to all who responded and called and paid their dues.

There are still a few that owe, so please pay them so that we may get our books cleared and up to date.

Billie Zolkosky, Secretary

3.00- one person
5.00- per family
10.00- Contributing
25.00- Institutional
50.00- Sustaining
100.00- Life Membership.
* * * * * * * * * *

If you move, please let us know because the ‘Gleanings’ can not be forwarded. There is an extra charge when it is returned to us, and then when we mail it to the new address it must go First Class and this is about 90 cents. So please give us a call or drop us a note.

Thanks.
Billie

Announcement of Quarterly Meeting

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, March 1996,
March 1996
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QUARTERLY MEETING

APRIL 22, 1996

2:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M.

BRING YOUR ARTICLES TO BE
APPRAISED BY STEVE GROSS OF
DEPOT TOWN

NO CHARGE BUT A DONATION
TO THE YPSILANTI HISTORICAL
SOCIETY WOULD BE APPRECIATED.

REFRESHMENTS

DO COME AND ENJOY A VISIT TO THE
MUSEUM EVERYONE IS WELCOME

220 N. HURON

Letter from Gift Shop

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, February 1985,
February 1985
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Author: Marge Gauntlett, Chairperson

From the Museum Gift Shop:

We wish to thank the members for their support of the Museum during 1984, especially at Festival time and the Christmas season.

The Gift Shop will have Easter-related merchandise beginning in February. Visit us soon. Support your City Museum through the purchase of a lovely commemorative Cup Plate in Amethyst or Cobalt blue. Also The Story of Ypsilanti, (second printing), is available only in the Museum Gift Shop for $10.00.









Museum Requests

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, February 1985,
February 1985
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A request for the following items has been made by Kathryn Howard, the Placement and Room arrangement Chairperson.

Oil Lamps

Candlesticks-Silver, Brass or Crystal

Set of Antique Dining Room Chairs

Contact Kathryn at 482–7081


1985 Dues are now due. If you have any questions about them, please don't hesitate to call the office at 482–4990 I will be glad to help you. Yearly dues are as follows:

$3.00-one person

$5.00-per family

$10.00-Contributing

$25.00-Institutional

$50.00-Sustaining

$100.00-Life Membership

Billie Zolkosky
Secretary

Notice about Christmas Open House

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, October 1995,
October 1995
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YPSILANTI HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Christmas Open House

***************

Sunday, December 10, 1995

2:00–5:00 pm

Ypsilanti Historical Museum
220 North Huron Street

Share delicious refreshments with old friends and new.

Make last-minute holiday selections from our well-stocked girt shtop.

See YOUR museum dressed for the holidays!

Historical Advertisements

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, October 1995,
October 1995
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Something NEW under the HOOD!
Of the ACE is a new type automobile power plant. Read the complete story and description of this marvelous motor on page three.

The Greatest Advancement Made in Internal Combustion Engine Design in Recent Years

PASSE! “Indications are that the streamline, straight-side body is passing out.” So stated a writer in a recent issue of a well-known motor journal.

What more fitting and proper than that a car, bearing the name ACE, and powered by a motor incorporating the greatest forward step in engine design, should set the style and fashion in new body designs.

In the mad race for quantity production, style and appearance were secondary considerations. For proof, observe the marked degree of sameness common to most cars. Style, always a big factor in the choice of a motor car, now influences to a greater degree than ever the selection of this or that car.

NEW! The ACE in four new, handsome body styles establishes a new standard in motor car fashions. There is an air of smartness and originality in their makeup that is as welcome as it is refreshing. Each of these four bodies portrays true grace and beauty in every line and curve and offers a pleasing change in appearance to the man and woman who have grown tired of, a style which has lost its attraction.

Compatible with its distinction and good taste in body improvement are mechanical features which lift the ACE from the ranks of the commonplace and identify it as a truly great and extraordinary motor vehicle.

APEX · MOTOR · CORPORATION · YPSILANTI · MICH.

Commerce SD-11 Roadbuilder

A fast, sturdy, long-lived, light dump truck built exactly to the contractor's own ideas. Continental S4—four-cylinder motor,4 1/4 borex4 1/2 stroke. Special bevel gear rear axle. Extra heavy semi-elliptic front and rear springs. Unit transmission. Double internal brakes. Radius rod drive. All steel automatic dump body of 1 1/3 yards capacity. Write for complete description of this popular job.


—the Commerce Relay Axle Drive

It does pull out”—that's why the Commerce Relay Axle Drive Truck sells itself to the most skeptical dump truck operator. Here is a truck which will out-perform any other truck of similar capacity under any conditions—will deliver thirty per cent more work—with thirty per cent less operating expense.

The Commerce Relay Drive Axle embodies an entirely new method of applying power to the rear wheels of a motor truck. The power of the motor, the momentum, the weight of the load —all these forces are utilized in moving the rear wheels. In other words, the entire truck with the load gets under way first and aids in pulling out the rear wheels.

With such advantages, the Commerce Relay sells, and sells readily—strictly on a performance basis. Do you want your share of this business? Do you want to sell trucks—not prices? To make profits—not just sales? If you do, write or wire us today—find out if your territory is still open. Particulars of the Commerce franchise and descriptions of the complete Commerce line will be furnished you.

COMMERCE MOTOR TRUCK COMPANY

YPSILANTI, MICHIGAN

Export Dept.: 132 Nassau St., New York City
Cable: Commerstrux

MOTOR—Continental 6B, six-cylinder, vertical L-head, 3 3/41 bore × 51 stroke, 70 horsepower. Timken I-beam front axle. Commerce Relay Rear Axle. Multiple disc clutch. Transmission amidships, 4 speeds forward, 1 reverse. Gear ratio, 9.28 to 1. Frame, extra heavy, 7 1–161 section, 5 cross members, 2 brace rods. Front springs, special Commerce compound construction for easy riding. Rear springs, 541 long. 31 wide. Wheels and tires—front, steel spoke type with 36 × 6 pneumatic cords—rear, solid disc, 40 × 12 solids. Footbrake on transmission, emergency Internal expanding on rear wheels. High tension magneto. Electric head and tail lights, starting motor, generator and battery. Equipment —lighting and ignition switch, ammeter dash light, choke and oil gauge on instrument board. Horn button on steering wheel. Electric horn. Front bumper.

Notice about Annual Dinner

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, October 1995,
October 1995
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We aren't saying REMEMBER THE ANNUAL DINNER, we are saying be sure and get your tickets for the ANNUAL DINNER.
WHEN: NOVEMBER 5, 1995
TIME: 5:00 P.M.
WHERE: STONY CREEK METHODIST CHURCH
8635 STONY CREEK ROAD-YPSILANTI
SPEAKER: PAUL ‘SKIP’ UNGRODT
Come and hear all about the new venture “Auto Heritage Museum” at 112 East Cross Street. The pictures of yesteryear sure will jog your memories, When you took your gal or went with your best beau down Michigan Avenue, CRUISING ALONG!!!!!!! WHAT A PITY THOSE DAYS ARE GONE.
TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE YPSILANTI HISTORICAL MUSEUM OR
RESERVED BY PHONE-482–4990. BOARD MEMBERS WILL HAVE THEM ALSO.
NOVEMBER 5,
NOVEMBER 5,
NOVEMBER 5,
NOVEMBER 5
NOVEMBER 5.
SEE YOU THERE.

News from the Gift Shop Committee

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, October 1984,
October 1984
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The big news is that we are having two fund raising events this fall to help support our Museum.

First of all, we now have, in a limited edition, a handcrafted glass cup plate for sale in our Gift Shop. The plate honors the City of Ypsilanti with the profiles of our founder, Benjamin Woodruff and our namesake Demetrius Ypsilanti. These may be purchased at the Museum in two colors, amethyst or cobalt blue. They are attractively priced and packaged. A nice Christmas gift!

The second event will take place at the Christmas Open House in December. At that time a Drawing will be held for a beautiful 17 inch bisque doll which was donated to the Historical Society by Mrs. Christine Blinn of the Doll Collector Shop. Tickets at $1.00 each may be purchased from the Museum Office, at the November meeting of the Historical Society, or Marge Gauntlett, 483–1876. The doll is an antique reproduction of a French Jumeau doll. She is a custom made doll with original clothes appropriate to the period. Buy your tickets now. Maybe you will be the lucky person to receive the doll just in time for a Christmas surprise! The doll is on display at the Museum until the December Open House.

Support your City Museum and purchase items from our Gift Shop. Some available items are listed below.
Commemorative Glass Cup Plate
Porcelain Vases and Ginger Jars
Sun Catchers. Sunbonnet children design
Linen Towels, Placemats and Tote Bags
Miniature furniture for a doll house
Christmas Ornaments. Some are handmade
Children's Books. Antique reproductions
Wood toys. Antique reproductions
Iron toys. Antique reproductions
Dolls, Porcelain. 4, 5, 6 inches.

1995 Ypsilanti Heritage Festival Fact Sheet

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, July 1995,
July 1995
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EVENT TITLE:
The 17th Annual Ypsilanti Heritage Festival

DATES/TIMES:

General Festival Hours

12:00 noon-1:00 a.m. Friday, August 18

9:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m. Saturday, August 19

10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Sunday, August 20

Exhibitors' Booths (Arts/Crafts/Demonstrations)

12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. Friday, August 18

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, August 19

10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, August 20

DESCRIPTION:
Browse among 200 arts and crafts exhibitors, discover the stunning Churches and Chapels of the Historic District, sample delicious treats from vendors throughout the site, or merely relax to an afternoon of music at our Riverside and Cross Steet entertainment stages. Let the kids explore their creativity at Art Ventures for Kids presented by Ford Motor Company and the Ann Arbor Art Association. Visit a Living History Encampment (1700s to 1860s) and the Family Village activities in the pastoral setting of Riverside Park along the Huron River. Enjoy a nostalgic big band concert and street dance Friday evening in Depot Town. View the architecture and unique interiors of our historic district during the Heritage Home Tour. All told, it adds up to a weekend full of fun and excitement for the whole family.

The spectacular 100+ unit Ypsilanti Heritage Parade will be held Saturday, August 19 beginning at 10:00 AM. Parade route begins at Ballard Street proceeding down Michigan Avenue through the historic downtown district, turning north on Huron to Cross Street.

All festival events and exhibits are free, unless otherwise noted.

LOCATION:
Ypsilanti, Michigan

Population: 24,846 (per 1990 census data)

The 16-acre Festival site encompasses East Cross Street in the historic Depot Town area, Riverside Park and adjoining Frog Island. Enter from Michigan Avenue (downtown) or at corner of Huron Street and Cross Street.

HIGHWAY
1–94: Exit 183 (Huron Street, North)

ACCESS:
US-23: Exit 37-A (Washtenaw Ave., East)

Exit 34 (Michigan Ave., East)

PARKING:
Parking is provided at North and South ends of festival

grounds. Cost is $3.00 for all-day parking.

INFORMATION:
For additional information, you may call our Events Hotline

number for recorded messages on special events in Ypsilanti-

(313) 930-6300.

For information on hotel/motel accomodations in the area, or to make special tour arrangements for larger groups, call the Visitors & Convention Bureau-(313) 483-4444.

SPONSORS:
The Festival is sponsored by-

Ypsilanti Area Visitors & Convention Bureau 301 West Michigan Avenue Suite 101 Ypsilanti, MI 48197 Phone (313) 483-4444 FAX (313) 483-0400 Virginia Kingsley, Tourism & Events Manager

FESTIVAL COMMITTEE:
The Ypsilanti Heritage Festival is produced through the efforts of a volunteer committee comprised of local residents and business people. Chair, Cris Vogelsberg 313–485-0317

Publicity, John Gawlas 313–484-0372 home, 313–662-5691 office

Thursday, August 17, 1995

RIVERSIDE ARTS CENTER: True West, a play by Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard. Preview performance, complimentary admission. Presented by PID Productions, Cottage Inn Cafe and Materials Unlimited. 7:30 PM

HERITAGE FESTIVAL RECEPTION-Location to be announced. Our grand champagne reception traditionally kicks off the festival weekend. Tickets available by calling 483-4444.

Friday, August 18, 1995

YPSILANTI HERITAGE FESTIVAL-200 arts & crafts exhibitors, living history encampment, free entertainment stages on Cross Street and Riverside Park, CBC Millionaire's Party and Beer Tent, Bingo Tent, “Craft Traditions from Africa to America” exhibition by African American Cultural & Historical Museum, children's activities including Art Ventures Festival workshop presented by Ann Arbor Art Association and Ford Motor Company

RIVERSIDE ARTS CENTER: True West, a play by Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard. Presented by PTD Productions, Cottage Inn Cafe and Materials Unlimited. Admission Charge. 7:30 PM

DEPOT TOWN: Big Band Street Dance & Concert under the stars. East Cross near River Street.

SPAGHETTI DINNER: Food Tent at Cross and Huron Streets. Sponsored by the 1st United Methodist Church to benefit local community organization(s). 4:30–9:00 PM

Saturday, August 19, 1995

YPSILANTI HERITAGE FESTIVAL-Heritage Festival Parade with 100+ units, 200 arts & crafts exhibitors, living history encampment and merchant village, free entertainment stages on Cross Street and Riverside Park, CBC Millionaire's Party and Beer Tent, Bingo Tent, “Craft Traditions from Africa to America” exhibition, children's activities including Art Ventures Festival workshop presented by Ann Arbor Art Association and Ford Motor Company, Ypsilanti Historical Museum exhibits.

FARMERS' MARKET-Freighthouse in Depot Town offers farm fresh fruits and vegatables. Entertainment and exhibits, farm equipment and antique steam engines.

HERITAGE FESTVVAL PARADE-Downtown; Michigan Ave and Huron St 10:00 AM
RIVERSIDE ARTS CENTER: True West, a play by Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard. Presented by PTD Productions, Cottage Inn Cafe and Materials Unlimited. Admission Charge.

CHICKEN BAR-B-QUE: Food Tent at Cross and Huron Streets. Chicken dinner presented by Ypsilanti Kiwanis Club. 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

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