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Wilmington Historical Society
Minutes of Meeting
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Wilmington Community Center

Attendees

Karen Peters
Merri C. Peck
Doug Wolfe
Jessie Ano
Linda Joss-Dyke
Gil Dyke
Donna Griffin
Guy Stephenson
Barbara Rothman
Bob Cressey
Nancy Cressey
Lyz Miskovsky
Richard Apelt
Sue Apelt
Sheree Taylor
Judy Lawrence

Karen Peters called the meeting to order at 7 PM. Karen then began the discussion of the Lawrence family genealogy. Asa Lawrence was born in 1781 in Massachusetts and he was the first Lawrence to come to Wilmington. Karen showed slides with the Lawrence family tree charts and various pertinent documents and photos. Lawrence is one of the most predominant family names in Wilmington. Doug Wolfe presented some information from a book on Northern New York genealogy. Others had information to contribute about various Lawrence family members.

Karen then opened the business meeting and called for the secretary’s report. Guy Stephenson made a motion to accept the minutes as read and his motion was seconded by Jessie Ano. All voted in favor.

Donna Griffin presented the treasurer’s report. At of the end of August we had $10,757.21 in our Adirondack Foundation fund, $3,764.93 in our bank account, $100 in our NBT Building Fund Account and $100 in petty cash. Guy moved to approve the treasurer’s report and Bob Cressey seconded the motion. All voted in favor.

Donna talked briefly about Amazon smile and encouraged those who buy from Amazon to use it to contribute to the WHS or other charity of their choice. Donna also said she is working with our webmaster to make our books and stickers available through PayPal.

Karen reported on communications. She sent around a sympathy card for those present to sign on behalf of the WHS to send to John Langford, son of Sally McGrath Langford who recently passed away. We received an email from someone requesting information on the story of Esther McComb/Combs after having climbed Esther Peak and seen the plaque there. Karen responded giving him the titles of several books about the story of Esther. A thank you letter was sent to Jeremy Davis for his program August 21st on Lost Ski Areas of the Northern Adirondacks. A request was received from a member to check on the condition of two headstones on Pleasant View Cemetery. Guy said he took photos of the stones and they are in relatively good condition. Dave Ruch responded to Karen’s query of last month to tell us that he would be willing to make a recording of the “Stolen Gun” and he asked whether we would want it done informally or with professional musicians. Linda suggested that we might have it done informally for now with the possibility of a CD and booklet about the history of the song and the people in it at some later time. The Adirondack Wildlife Refuge sent a request for a donation.

We had a research request on the Lawrence/Shumway family and a request for help with researchon the Wilmington dam. Doug Wolfe handled a request for information about the Wolfe family tree.

We had one acquisition. Doug donated an Empire State Games windbreaker and pants from 1994.

Our next research day is Tuesday September 15th from 10am to 1pm.

Karen reported for the Publications and Programs Committee that our last program on Lost Ski Areas was well publicized and well attended. We had good feedback on the program. Merri and Karen did a genealogy program for kids at the KOA but it was not properly advertised to appeal to kids so attendance was poor. Karen will do the program again at some point and she will have an undated flyer made up that can be used whenever they want to hold the program again. Ginny Crispell has done a very attractive flyer for the Festival of Colors with our farming theme. We had input in the Town Newsletter which went out recently.

Nancy Cressey reported for the Membership and Nominations Committee. During August we received three memberships. Our total membership now stands at 167.

Guy reported for the cemetery committee that he presented the quotes from Plattsburgh Memorials for the stones we want to be repaired. The committee has still not been able to come to a consensus and take action. The WHS has concern that the $1,000.00 allocation in the town budget for cemetery headstone repairs will again go unspent and be lost. Merri Peck will compose a letter to the committee and the Town Supervisor Randy Preston to try and break the deadlock. Guy said that the committee did say they would participate in a cemetery preservation workshop if the WHS were to sponsor one locally. The cost would be about $700 and include a classroom session and field training in the cemetery. We would open the workshop up beyond our local area to recoup the cost. We will discuss setting this up at our next meeting.

Karen reported that the location of the first annual ADK 102 Club dinner has been changed to Susie Q’s. Next year the dinner will be held in Wilmington.

Linda Joss-Dyke reported that the fundraising committee has met. Our current fundraiser is the raffle of framed Wilmington Bridge pictures at the Festival of Colors. The committee is also in the process of investigating selling a Christmas ornament for next year. Linda showed us samples of bridge photos for which the WHS already owns the rights and we picked three. Two will have a gloss photo finish and one will be done on canvas. Linda also mentioned that there is a Fundraising for Nonprofits series of seminars being held in Lake Placid and she will be signing up to attend.

Karen passed out copies of last year’s appeal letter with portions that need revising for this year highlighted. She will work on the revision and we will finalize it at the next meeting. Karen wants to expand the appeal to Jay and North Elba this year so she proposed buying the mailing labels from Essex County as we did last year for Wilmington. Nancy said she believes she has the Wilmington label list so it should not be necessary to purchase them again. The county list requires much editing before it is usable so it would be preferable to edit what we already have if possible.

Our Facebook page shows we are reaching a growing audience.

The Adirondack Foundation is hosting two seminars for nonprofits in September. The first, scheduled for Thursday September 17 at the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library in Tupper Lake is “Building a Board that Works,” and the second, “Collaborative Fundraising in a Small Community” will be held Friday September 18 in Ticonderoga.

Karen advised that all our winter meetings will be held in the evening because we now have a working board member who cannot attend day meetings.

We then discussed preparations for the Festival of Colors to make sure our booth will be covered all day and everyone knows what they need to bring.

Doug made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Merri seconded his motion. All voted in favor.

Respectfully Submitted,
Nancy Cressey
Secretary
Wilmington Historical Society

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