Merri C. Peck
Karen Peters called the meeting to order. We began our open discussion “What Can be Found in 19th Century Wilmington Census Records.” Karen passed around copies of the census record volumes of the Wilmington serial records book series. Both federal and state census records can be found in these volumes. Merri Peck gave us a synopsis of what information is contained in the various federal censuses. The early censuses beginning with the first in 1790 only identified heads of households. In 1840 the census gave names and ages of military pensioners. Moving forward over time the censuses began to include more and more information. The 1890 federal census was destroyed in a fire; only 1% of that census remains. State census information can be found on Familysearch.org. Often the older censuses contain terms which are no longer used. For example, the use of the term “neat cattle” in the agricultural census is defined by one source as domesticated cattle and another as oxen and heifers.
The business meeting began immediately following the discussion. Karen then called for the secretary’s report. Donna Griffin offered a motion to accept the August meeting minutes as read. The motion was seconded by Merri and it carried unanimously. Donna then gave the treasurer’s report. She passed out copies of her reports for the past month and told us that the balance for last month was incorrectly reported as 2080.16. That balance should have been 2119.56. Our new balance for this month is $2957.52. Donna then made a suggestion that Karen obtain a debit card for purchasing materials rather than keeping a second check book. This would simplify record keeping greatly by eliminating the second check register. Donna then asked for suggestions and comments about the reports. Karen requested that she produce a transaction list by date. Bob Cressey made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report. Nancy Cressey seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
As of this meeting there are 130 Boxed at Donna Griffin’s home; 3 sample cc's; 51 sold and 8 in Karen’s possession.
Discussion turned to communications. We received a thank you from Chanler Jeffers, our publicist from Arcadia Books. Karen sent a thank you note to Jeri Wright for providing her photos to be used in the book and presented her with a copy of the book. She also sent a thank you note to James Griebsch for the Roosevelt film presentation.
We had no Research requests in the past month. There was one Acquisition. The Essex County Historical Society donated the book, A Villager by Dana Lawrence which is about Wilmington and surrounding towns. The Library, Museums and Historical Sites Committee had nothing new to report.
Our next research night is Tuesday, September 17. Karen will not be available so Gil Dyke and Linda Joss-Dyke agreed to preside that evening.
Karen reported for the Publications and Programs Committee that a great deal of publicity went out over the past month. She placed a notice in the Jay Community News about the John Bliss Cabin open house. She wrote an article for the Town Newsletter for our new book and there were press releases, flyers and articles in the Jay Community News for the book launch held on August 16th. Julie Robards is writing an article for the Press Republican. Ginny Crispell did the flyer for the Festival of Colors.
Many local establishments are already retailers for Wilmington and the Whiteface Region and our field representative Ron Scully is working to add a few more that were overlooked. Feedback from Arcadia Books has been very positive and indicates that the book is selling very well. We have also had very positive feedback from individuals who have purchased the book.
The WHS is helping to sponsor a program about Native Americans in the Lake Placid Elementary School. Margaret Horn will lead a hands-on presentation for the fourth grade classes on October 11-12.
Nancy reported for the Membership and Nominations committee that we received 17 memberships in the past month, increasing our membership total to 155.
Discussion then turned to old business. Karen mentioned that she had gone to the town board meeting on September13th to promote the book. Linda talked about the sticker fundraiser. She has put out about 80 stickers wholesale to four area retailers. The WHS is also selling the stickers for $2 each. Sales tax is included in this price. Raffle tickets for the Noah John Rondeau painting are still on sale.
Karen told us that updating of our website has fallen slightly behind because our webmaster has had computer problems. Karen got an email from Donna Chollett asking about the possibility of adding a link to Professor Hinds’ Latin American Folk Art Collection to our website.
Karen reviewed the volunteer responsibilities for the Festival of Colors. Doug will bring the tent and camera display. The Cresseys will bring the Wilmington books. Karen will bring the money box, membership forms, and book rack stand. Donna will bring petty cash and a calculator.
Barbara Rothman will call about getting the WHS a copy of the Marble Mountain ski film.
On Friday, September 6 Jeri Wright will be opening a month long exhibit of her work “Through the Years” at the Tahawus Center in Ausable Forks.
Donna Griffin mentioned that she is looking for an old style adding machine with paper tape, if anyone knows of one that she could have.
Doug Wolfe made a motion to adjourn the meeting. It was seconded by Bob Cressey and carried unanimously.
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