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Wilmington Historical Society
Minutes of Meeting
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Wilmington Community Center

Attendees
Merri Peck
Doug Wolfe
Guy Stephenson
Judy Lawrence
Nancy Cressey
Bob Cressey

Merri Peck called the meeting to order at 6:30pm. Merri began our open discussion on “Music in Wilmington.” Merri gave a short opening statement about the importance of music to all cultures and all types of activities. Guy Stephenson talked about various bands that were based or appeared in Wilmington. Doug Wolfe’s family held square dances in their barn. Merri cited various newspaper articles about Sheriff Wolfe’s band dating to the 1920s and 30s. In August 1920 the Boys Band of Lyon Mountain appeared before a crowd of 3000 people at a festival in Wilmington. Band contests were popular and the Wilmington Pioneer Scout Band played at many town events. Guy mentioned that he has a musical instrument called an ocarina which belonged to his great grandfather Lennie Preston.

At the conclusion of the discussion the business meeting commenced. No votes were taken during the meeting because we did not have a quorum present. We reviewed the minutes of the previous meeting and Guy noted one change to the paragraph about the open discussion, The last sentence should read, “Judy Lawrence discussed snowmobile clubs in the 1970s.”

Merri gave us balances from the treasurer’s report. Operating Account as of this month is $11,588.84. Transfer Account is $128.00. Keegan Memorial Fund (money market) is $59,412.74. Zachay Foundation is $2,010.00, and the ADK Foundation Account is $50,477.95.

Communications for the last month were discussed. Thank you letters were sent to Matt Boire of the Greater Adirondack Ghost and Tour Company, Craig Russell from the Battle of Plattsburgh re-enactors, and Dave Ruch, musician and historian for their participation in the Wilmington Whiteface Heritage Festival held on Saturday, June 15th. Thank you letters were also sent to David Starbuck for his presentation of “Archaeology in the Adirondacks” and to Andy Flynn for his program “Adirondack Artifact Night.” We also received emails from Andy Flynn and Robert Sturges concerning Artifact Night. Andy Flynn thanked us for having the presentation and Robert Sturges shared information about some artifacts in his possession.

Merri talked about “Round up” donations as a possible way for us to increase our fund raising, At this point it is not clear that we have enough sales to make this idea practical for the WHS.

Research for the past month consisted of questions about the Preston and Winch families. Doug Wolfe offered a correction for a picture from the Saranac Lake Library collection which was incorrectly labeled.

Upcoming programs are, “Fools Rushed In,” to be presented by Ivy Gocker on August 15th at the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, “Votes for Women,” on Friday, September 6th and “Hiking the Adirondacks: Searching for the View,” at the Festival of Colors on Saturday, September 14th.

Nancy Cressey reported that our membership currently stands at 119.

We received an Ironman community grant and Steve Peters of Elevate 518 is currently working on applying for a grant for possible professional assistance with the Whiskey Run and Festival.

Merri mentioned that we already have several volunteers for Cycle Adirondacks on August 19, 20 & 21. Harold Hinds has requested information from a specific book and Merri will find that for him.

The discussion was ended at this point.

Respectfully Submitted,
Nancy Cressey
Secretary

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