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Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Wilmington Community Center

Attendees

Merri C. Peck
Doug Wolfe
Nancy Cressey
Bob Cressey
Kathleen LeClair
Maurice Fletcher
Barbara Mulvey
Guy Stephenson
Don DeMacy

In the absence of President Karen Peters, Merri Peck called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. We began with our open discussion of “Temperance Movement and Bootlegging.” Merri read a couple of relevant selections from Marty Podskoch’s Adirondack Stories. Guy Stephenson had some tales to tell about some of his relatives who were involved in bootlegging. Richard Pelkey was killed by federal agents who were eventually charged for the killing, but the trial never took place and they managed to evade prosecution. Doug Wolfe offered one of the selections from Rupert’s column that referred to illegal sale of alcohol and he also related some stories about the experiences of his grandfather James Wolfe who was a sheriff during Prohibition. Maurice Fletcher told of how the bootleggers would hide their cars in local farmers’ barns for a few dollars and a bottle of whiskey. Maurice recommended a book, Rum Over the Border, as a very interesting source of information about the topic.

At the conclusion of the open discussion the business meeting commenced. Merri called for the Secretary’s report. Doug offered a motion to accept the minutes as read and it was seconded by Bob Cressey. All voted in favor.

Bob gave the Treasurer’s report. The current balance as of today is $4,781.56. During the period we had income of $947.63 including $610.00 from memberships, $169.98 from Great Escape tickets sold, $40.07 from donations, $77.58 from sale of Wilmington books and $50 from rebates. Our expenses totaled $1542.19 including $47.38 for program refreshments, $161.87 for equipment, $30.99 for office supplies, $480.00 for honorariums, $374.75 for promotional items, $72.50 for copies, and $374.70 for postage. Kathleen LeClair made a motion to accept the report and it was seconded by Doug. The motion carried unanimously. Bob asked Merri whether books 6, 9 and 21 of the Wilmington book series had yet been sent to the Adirondack History Museum. Merri replied that they had not, but she will send them and Bob can prepare an invoice for the entire set of books and send it to them.

Merri reported on communications. Thank you notes were sent to Harold Hinds for his lecture and signing our copy of his new book, to Don Williams for his presentation of “Adirondack Tools and Tales,” to Linda Joss-Dyke and Billie Loughran for refreshments and to Allison Smith for copies of the 4th grade books which were published.

Our acquisitions for the month included two books: The Five Rings of Winter and How it all Began, written by Mrs. Mendelsohn’s class, Lake Placid Elementary School, 2010/2011 school year.

Merri made available for our review copies of various news articles about WHS programs and copies of press releases Karen sent out for our next program, “Adirondack Ice.”

Our total membership now stands at 158. Memberships are coming in much more slowly now as is normal for this time of year.

Doug reported that he is almost finished with the display he is working on for the Post Office. The display will include a center map and an air photo of Wilmington. Doug passed around some of the pictures to be included in his display. Guy Stephenson reported that he spoke to Abe Lincoln about three weeks ago to ask for a more accurate cost estimate for repair of the Partridge stone. He has had no reply to date, nor has he had any response from Plattsburgh Memorials. Guy said he found out from Randy Preston that the Stone Bridge is only on the National Register of Historic Places at the state level, even though it was a federal project. There was nothing new to report on this topic as Gil is out of town. Doug advised us that our request to the Olympic Regional Development Authority for storage/display space at the Marble Mountain facility is still under consideration.

Merri reported on upcoming events. Caperton Tissot will present the program, “Adirondack Ice: A Cultural and Natural History” on August 12th, 7 PM at the Community Center. The Festival of Colors will be held September 10th from 9 AM to 4 PM. The theme is “Made in Wilmington.” The Northern New York Library Network will be holding their fall conference entitled “Progress and Plugging In” in Potsdam on Oct 6th and 7th. Betty Little is promoting a 2012 Museum Day and is looking for input. More information can be found on the Museum Association of New York website. Our next research night is Tuesday, August 16th. The next WHS meeting is September 7th.

Bob moved to adjourn the meeting. Doug seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

Respectfully Submitted,
Nancy Cressey
Secretary
Wilmington Historical Society

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