From the President's Desk
Author: Alvin E. Rudisill
If you notice some changes in this issue of the GLEANINGS it is because Tom Dodd has joined our editorial staff. Tom is assisting with editorial duties as well as doing all the design and layout for the publication. Tom is a retired teacher of Art, English, and Journalism, and served as editor of the Depot Town Rag for over 30 years. We welcome Tom to our staff and look forward to his expertise in helping us continue to serve our membership and the wider Ypsilanti community with the publication of the GLEANINGS. I want to thank Keith Bretzius, who has done the layout and design for the GLEANINGS in the past, for his dedicated efforts in setting up the original design for the GLEANINGS. Keith has won several state level awards for his design and creativity and whose expertise enabled the GLEANINGS to win the 2009 Historical Society of Michigan award for “Outstanding Newsletter.”
The Museum Advisory Board has done an excellent job with exhibits and the 1860s Civil War Exhibit has been extremely popular. If you have not seen this exhibit, please visit us before September 18 as that is when the exhibit will close. Shortly after the close of the Civil War Exhibit the Quilt Exhibit will open and will run from September 25th to October 9th.
The extended open hours during the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival provided the opportunity for many out-of-town visitors to spend time in the YHS Archives and Museum. Many of those who stopped by were first time visitors and we heard many comments about how surprised many were about the wide variety and number of displays and exhibits included in the Dow House. The Archives was also very busy with out-of-town visitors seeking information about parents and/or relatives who lived in Ypsilanti during earlier times.
We are always looking for volunteer docents for the Museum or research assistants for the Archives. Both the Museum and Archives are open from 2 to 5 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.