News from the Historian's Office

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

It is always good to hear from Historical Society Members, especially those from out of town. We recently heard from Mrs. Helen Kirk Wright, who had noted her father's name (J.P. Kirk) in the article about “The Hiker” monument in the last issue of the “Gleanings”. Mr. Kirk was a prominent lawyer and a member of the 31st Regiment that is commemorated on the statue.

Genealogy queries have recently been received from several States: Minnesota, Idaho, New Jersey and Washington asking for material on ancestors who once lived in the area. Due to the resources here, we are able to furnish information.

Two graduate classes from Eastern Michigan University Department of Preservation and History have been utilizing our material the past few weeks. The local history topics that have been chosen by some of the students include Hotels and Taverns; The Opera House, Depot Town, Early Mayors and the Railroads.

Does anyone have a picture of the Horse drawn car that once took passengers from N. Washington Street at Cross Street to the Michigan Central Railroad Depot? We would like to have one.

A book entitled Buildings of Ypsilanti written by and given by Denis Schmiedeke, a local Architect, is an account of the many types of Architecture in the City including homes, churches and business places. The book will become a part of a 70 volume series entitled Buildings of The United States.

This enormous undertaking is co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Society of Architectural Historians and The Oxford Press.