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Wilmington Historical Society
Minutes of Meeting
7:00 PM, Wednesday, February 21, 2007
E. M. Cooper Library

Attendees

Karen Peters
Doug Wolfe
Randy Preston
Nancy Cressey
Bob Cressey
Merri Peck

Karen Peters called the meeting to order and called for the secretary’s report. Doug Wolfe made a motion to accept the minutes as read. It was seconded by Bob Cressey and it carried unanimously.

Bob gave the treasurer’s report. Our bank balance is $5,430.14. In the past month our expenses were $196.60 for postage and $155.00 for memberships to Museum Association of New York (MANY) and American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). Our income was $735.70 from memberships. Doug introduced a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report and it was seconded by Randy Preston. All voted in favor. Bob passed out copies of the budget as corrected at the last meeting to all present.

Karen then discussed communications. The Wilmington Historical Society is included in the 2007 “Meet the Town” booklet. We received some information from AASLH on the “Save Our History” grant program which is run in coordination with the History Channel. We had a note from Bill Carr suggesting that we include Regent James Dawson on our mailing list. Karen will respond to him that we have done this. We received a note from Maurice Fletcher with some news clippings about his military service in World War II. Nancy McNabb sent us a thank you note for the work that the WHS is doing to help people with their Wilmington genealogical research.

We received a letter of inquiry from Matthew Switlik asking for information on our cannon carriage. He is restoring a similar carriage and has a website (www.museumandcollector.com) about early U.S. field gun carriages. Steve Connor and Doug have compiled some information to send to him and they will also try to obtain information from him to further their research on Wilmington’s cannon. Doug said that he believes our carriage was manufactured at Watervliet Arsenal. He suggested that we might try to get Mr. Switlik as a guest speaker at some point.

We also received some historical information about the Asher Winch farm from Steve and Mary Valley. Karen sent a thank you to Bridgett Hinman of the Olympic Regional Development Authority for again allowing us to offer our members a free admission to the Whiteface Toll Road as a membership benefit.

The Upstate History Alliance is sponsoring a special award category at the New York State History Day competition. They are requesting contributions from member organizations of items that can be given as a prize at the awards ceremony in Cooperstown on April 27. Merri Peck suggested that we donate a copy of Emma Hinds Scrapbook. Nancy Cressey offered a motion to that effect and it was seconded by Bob. All voted in favor. The UHA is offering a 12 week Introductory Collections Management course online.

Karen reported that the book of old Wilmington Records has been conserved and returned to the town. The library, the Essex County Historical Society and the WHS will receive copies of both the microfilm and disk. Karen will contact the New York State Archives to see if they want copies also. Karen and Jerry Bruce will give a presentation on the book at the March 14th town board meeting, and Karen will also prepare a press release. Karen also reported that she had talked to Brown River about conserving the two school maps that we received from the Warren estate. It may cost up to $5000 each to conserve the maps and they recommend that the maps be framed and put behind glass. They also recommended that we do not conserve them until we have a place to hang them.

Karen obtained deeds of gift for all the items obtained from the Warren estate and she sent a thank you note to George Warren.

Karen attended a green buildings conference in Jay and obtained some information which may be pertinent to our quest for a permanent building.

We received information from the Museum Association of New York telling us about the organization and what they have to offer. One of the benefits is that we receive a discount on orders of archival supplies from Gaylord Bros.

Karen reported that she met with the Visions Committee and they decided to apply for the Scenic Byways grant next year. There was not sufficient time to obtain all the required information to apply this year.

We had five inquiries for research in the past month. Merri suggested that we should keep a record of these inquiries on an excel file, to include the date, the family being researched and other pertinent information. She mentioned that she checks the Essex County page on Genweb for queries on a fairly regular basis.

Doug Wolfe reported that the February 3rd program on the “History of Skiing in Wilmington” was not well attended. We had a few people who were very knowledgeable on the subject but the turnout was disappointing. Doug said that one piece of information which came to light was that apparently the 1938 trail cut on Whiteface was probably the first Alpine ski trail in New York.

Marty Podskoch will be a guest speaker on the History of CCC Camps in the Adirondacks.

The date for the Santa’s Workshop II program has been set for Friday, July 6th.

Nancy reported that we currently have 60 paid members for 2007. Since the last meeting we have received 36 renewals (52 people) and two new members.

The Newcomer’s dinner will be held March 13. Sandy Bowen will be recognized as citizen of the year at the dinner.

At the last meeting we discussed holding our open discussion topics at the beginning of our meetings. Merri made a motion that we adopt this change and it was seconded by Bob. The motion carried unanimously.

At this point we began our planning for 2007. After the planning session Doug made a motion that we adjourn and Bob seconded it. All voted in favor.

Respectfully submitted,
Nancy Cressey
Secretary

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