On March 3, 2015 the GLAHS will present a program called “Appraisals: Quilts and Antiques.” Jackie Beard, a local quilt appraiser, will provide an oral appraisal of quilts. Jackie is a 4th generation quilter and a volunteer at the MSU Museum (since 1987) where she worked on the Michigan Quilt Project. She is an active member of the Capital City Quilt Guild and has taken classes through the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky. As Jackie is not a “certified quilt appraiser” at this time, she can charge less, or in our case, do oral appraisals for free. If you have a valuable quilt you would like appraised for insurance purposes, Jackie will make an appointment for a full appraisal. Jackie has appraised quilts that belong to the MSU and Henry Ford Museums.

Also on this program is Dennis Beard, who will be appraising your other antique treasures. Dennis has been an antique appraiser and dealer for the last 40 years. He has an on-line business and also has several booths at the Lake Odessa Antique Mall. For the last 22 years he has been doing “tag sales” which is to set a price for all the valuables when an estate is liquidated. Dennis will do oral appraisals only. He will have cards available if you wish a written appraisal.

The April 7, 2015 meeting is titled “The Grand Ledge Area Historical Society – 40 years.” A panel of local historians will review the history of the GLAHS; its accomplishments, its impact on the community, its activities and its acquisitions.
On May 5, 2015, the GLAHS will welcome Dan Creyts who will do a program titled “Grand Ledge Agricultural Related Businesses.” Dan is a local dairy farmer and he will talk about his business and related businesses such as the Grand Ledge Produce Company, Garlock Implements and Ferndale Dairy. He will also, weather permitting, have items displayed in the Opera House parking lot.

May 14, 2015, the GLAHS will be having a fund raiser at the Opera House. We will be playing purse bingo. We will shortly be asking all of you to be one of the sponsors for the fundraiser. The idea is each ticket holder ($15 in advance $20 at the door) will play 20 games of bingo. The prize for the winner of each game will be a designated purse (the purses are all new with a value of at least $40). There will also be door prizes and snacks. The idea has been very successful for the Shiawassee Respite Volunteers (an average of $3,500 each of the 10 times they have held the event). We hope that we can count on the support of our members.