From the President's Desk (Fall 2012)

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Ypsilanti Gleanings, Fall 2012,
Fall 2012
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Author: Al Rudisill

From the President’s Desk
By Alvin E. Rudisill

We continue to receive financial support from members and friends related to our efforts to raise $125,000 to pay off the balance owed the City of Ypsilanti for the property at 220 North Huron Street. Since December of 2011 we have raised approximately $70,000 of that amount. The original purchase price was $250,000 back in 2006. $125,000 was paid at that time with the balance due in 10 years without any accrual of interest.

The Ypsilanti Heritage Festival held August 17-19 provided another opportunity to showcase our Museum and Archives. Our volunteers worked hard to host over 200 visitors over that weekend. In addition to visitors to the Museum and Archives the Society had the opportunity to participate in some of the programs at the “Chautauqua at the Riverside” event held at the Riverside Arts Center. Tom Dodd provided the leadership in planning and conducting the Chautauqua program which featured exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, panel discussions, Q&A sessions, musical performances and documentary films. We were extremely pleased to hear that Tom has agreed to facilitate a similar Chautauqua program at the 2013 Heritage Festival.

Many of our readers will be disappointed to discover that our regular feature “It’s a Test” on Ypsilanti history is missing from this issue. Our good friend and author of this feature, Peter B. Fletcher, has experienced some temporary medical problems. We look forward to his speedy recovery and the return of this feature in the Fall 2012 issue of the Gleanings.

Our next quarterly meeting will be held on Sunday, September 9, 2012, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. We will have a brief business meeting followed by a program by Bill Nickels titled “The Norton Family in Ypsilanti.” Norton family members have lived in Ypsilanti for almost 150 years and we will be dedicating and renaming our solarium “The Norton Family Solarium.” Members will be notified of program details by email or postcard. If you are not currently on our email listserv please call the Museum at 734-482-4990 and have your name added. We are using the listserv only for program notifications. Your email address will not be shared with others. Also, please check the Event Schedule on our web site for upcoming special programs and displays.

We are looking for volunteers as docents for the Museum or research assistants for the Archives. Both the Museum and Archives are open from 2:00 to 5:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday. If you are available during that time and are interested in helping us preserve the historical information and artifacts of the area, or in educating the general public about our history, please give me a call at 734-476-6658.