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Wilmington Historical Society
Minutes of Meeting
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Wilmington Community Center

Attendees

Karen Peters
Cailin Mulvey
Gemma Cantwell
Tara Twomey Mulvey
Lesley R. Vidich
Jenn Cantwell
Monica McGaughey
Jessica Ano
Jeri Wright
Scott Avery
Lois Hoffman
Darling Richardson
Nancy Cressey
Bob Cressey
Merri C. Peck
Gil Dyke
Linda Joss-Dyke
Donna Griffin
Guy Stephenson
Jessica Mulvey
Anson Mulvey

Karen Peters called the meeting to order at 7pm. In lieu of our regular open discussion, The Storytellers gave a presentation to celebrate Women’s History Month. Following are the Storytellers and the individuals they portrayed in their presentation:

Cailin Mulvey - First Lady and Constitutional Advocate Abigail Adams
Tara Mulvey - Polly Sanford, wife of Wilmington’s preeminent 19th century Businessman and Politician, Reuben Sanford
Gemma Cantwell - Esther, 19th century Wilmington resident for whom Esther Mountain is named
Jennifer Cantwell - Samantha Allen, Farmer’s Wife and World Traveler
Monica McGaughey - Belva Lockwood, Presidential Candidate
Jessica Mulvey - Inez Milholland, Suffragette

The presentation was informative and entertaining and very well received.

Karen then called for the secretary’s report. There was a minor typographical correction on the minutes and Donna Griffin moved to accept them as corrected. Linda Joss-Dyke seconded her motion and all voted in favor.

Donna Griffin presented the treasurer’s report. Currently we have $1,893.04 in our operating account, $100.00 in the NBT Building fund account, $100.00 in petty cash $12,477.39 in our Adirondack Foundation Account. Gil Dyke made a motion to accept the report and her motion was seconded by Linda. The motion carried unanimously. Donna then passed out copies of the proposed budget for 2016. After review of the budget Jessica Ano moved to approve it and her motion was seconded by Gil. All voted in favor. Donna advised us that she has made an appointment with Liberty Tax Service for the last week of March to have them complete the IRS Form 990. There will be a small charge for the service this year. Adirondack Foundation has put out a new handbook. Karen forwarded copies to the board members and asked that they review it. They are offering some outreach seminars for nonprofits that may be of interest to us. Donna mentioned that we now have a debit card from NBT Bank. This facilitates making purchases. Not having to reimburse people makes for a cleaner paper trail.

Karen then reviewed our communications for the month. We had a thank you note from Jane Peck for the card we sent for her 90th birthday. We received a message on our Facebook page that there will be a documentary about Arto Monaco on television. Michele Preston sent us an email to advise us that the Visitor’s Center will not be renewing their bulk mailing permit. She verified that we will be able to use the Wilmington Town permit in the future. We need to insure that we get the town’s permit number and use that for all future mailings.

There was a request from the Rifenburg Construction Company for photos of the Whiteface Highway construction, both the original and current construction projects. The company has applied for an award and they said they have listed the WHS as a co-recipient of the award. Karen has supplied them with photos of both projects. We also had requests for information on the Thayer family and the Ray family. The Digital Abraham genealogy project in North Elba announced that they are looking for people with advanced knowledge in genealogical research. They meet Tuesdays and Fridays in Lake Placid in the back half of the Saranac Sourdough Restaurant and would like interested parties to stop by whether to offer advice or just learn about what they are doing.

The Library, Museum and Historical Sites Committee had no updates other than that our last research hours were held on February 16. Past Perfect has announced upcoming training.

Karen reported for the Publications and Programs Committee that she is still working on programs for 2016. There will be a tour of Santa’s Workshop in Conjunction with Adirondack Architectural Heritage. More information will follow. WHS had an article in the recent edition of the town newsletter and flyers for our open discussions have been distributed around town.

Nancy Cressey reported for the Membership and Nominations Committee. We received one membership in January and eight in February. Membership flyers for this year’s drive just went out in February.

Karen then brought up old business. Linda reported for the Fund Raising Committee that she needs to respond to Great Escape. Linda will talk to Monica and ask her to present a proposal for fundraising with her theater group. She also mentioned they are considering the Uphill Run as a fundraising event. Also, Linda will contact Jeri Wright to ask her for donation of a photograph for our raffle at the Festival of Colors. Karen said that Cadence Lodge wants to sell the pictures they have on their walls. Karen will check the deeds of gift for copyright information. They also would like to sell the Arcadia and 102 Club books. Linda will check with other motels and Tina Preston about carrying our books.

We had some previous discussion about how to make our Facebook page more interactive. Karen did some research and found out there are two kinds of pages, a business page and a group page. We have the business page and it appears that the group page allows for more interactivity. Merri Peck and Donna can explore this further if they feel it would be worthwhile.

Karen reported that the Google Analytics show that our website is being used for research and the number of hits continues to grow. She talked about possibly putting our collections on the website at some time in the future.

Karen said that Michele Preston has advised that Wilmington will host the Adirondack 102 Club dinner sometime in the fall. The North Pole documentary being done by public television is about 90% done and they will donate a DVD to the WHS when it is complete. The Museum Association of New York is holding a conference in Lake Placid April 17-19. The Documentary Heritage Program for New York is offering webinars that we should look over.

Bob Cressey made a motion to adjourn the meeting and his motion was seconded by Gil. All voted in favor.

Respectfully Submitted,
Nancy Cressey
Secretary
Wilmington Historical Society

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