From the President's Desk

Published In:
Ypsilanti Gleanings, Spring 2006,
Spring 2006
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Author: Alvin E. Rudisill

This is our fifth issue of the newly formatted “Ypsilanti Gleanings.” We have had a great deal of positive response to our new format and expanded content and we appreciate all the contributions made by authors and the volunteers. We also want to acknowledge our advertisers and sponsors whose financial support makes this publication possible. If you are interested in writing an article for the Gleanings or would like us to include articles on a specific topic please contact me.

We are in the process of negotiating with the City of Ypsilanti to purchase the museum and archives property at 220–224 North Huron Street. The purchase of the property by the Society would enable us to expend funds on deferred maintenance to the buildings and property. Any such agreement would include a “Right of Reversion” clause so that if the Society stopped using the property as a museum or archives the City would have the right to buy back the property at the same price it was sold to the Society. We are all interested in preserving the historical artifacts and written records of the people and places in Ypsilanti and the surrounding area and the transfer of ownership of the property to the Society seems to be a win-win situation for both the Society and the City.

In the next few months we will need to empty the basement of the Museum so work can be done on the foundation walls and the support wall

Thanks to all the volunteers who regularly change the displays in the museum and who plan and conduct special events and displays such as the Underground Railroad, Art Show, Quilt Exhibit and Lost Ypsilanti Speaks. The hundreds of hours of effort by these individuals make the museum an interesting and educational place for all of us.

The Archives continues to be a busy place with visitors from all over the United States who are doing family genealogy research. We are also receiving many inquiries from visitors to our web site and Gerry Pety, archivist, is kept busy following up on requests for specific information about family members who once lived in Ypsilanti.

We are always in need of volunteers. The duties include a wide variety of possibilities such as serving as a docent in the Museum, researching articles for the Gleanings, assisting with the writing of grant applications or helping with maintenance of the building and grounds. If you would like to volunteer please give me a call at 734–484–3023 or email me at I will refer you to the appropriate team leader for assignment.

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