Ypsilanti Historical Museum/Archives: Mission
The Mission of the Museum and Archives is two fold: it is the collection and preservation of historical materials and through these materials to educate our community about its history in order to better understand our community's place in the larger context of the evolution of our country.
The future of the Ypsilanti Historical Museum/Archives is predicated to a coherent plan for the development and expansion of our present facilities.
Only when we can assure the path of our growth and development will our future be secure. To that end we must increase our Endowment substantially and provide for a Capital Fund for Development.
Increasing our Endowment from our present $500,000 to $2,000,000 would generate an income stream that would allow a salaried, trained professional Museum Director. It would also provide sufficient operating funds to properly maintain the Archives and Museum building(s), and carry out needed conservation efforts.
A Capital Fund for Development is needed to provide funding to create a handicapped access to the basement. Museum activities will be greatly enhanced by having a meeting space available for groups of up to 100 people. It will provide space to orient entire classes at one time as well as employ visual aids for demonstrations and other activities. It would provide space for lectures, and for history affiliated groups to meet.
Most importantly, it will help us to reach the children of our community in a more meaningful way.