Merri Peck called the meeting to order at 6:30pm. Our Open Discussion topic was, “Adirondack Guides History.” Guy Stephenson started the discussion saying there are many guides from the Wilmington area. He mentioned that Rachel Finn is receiving a fly fishing award. In the late 1880s the Adirondack guides formed an association. In the sixties New York state began requiring to be licensed. They are required to take a test and know CPR and water safety. Licenses must be renewed every five years. Among the local guides mentioned were Rogers Hickok and Asher Winch. Winch had camps on Copperas, Owen and Winch Ponds. Adirondack History and Legends on Facebook is a good source of information. The Adirondack stories books also have some stories about guides. It was suggested that we should invite knowledgeable guest speakers to our open discussions
Merri passed out copies of the September minutes for us to review, but since there was not a quorum present no votes were taken at the meeting, Guy said that he and Karen had met with Linda Johnson of the A&W to inform her of our plans, He said the meeting went well.
Communications for the month included a thank you letters to Colonel David Fitz-Enz and Craig Russell for participating in the Wilmington Whiteface Whiskey Run and Heritage Celebration. Thank you letters were sent to Timothy Haselton and Lyz Miskovsky for donating to the building fund for the WHS Ruth and Thomas Keegan Memorial History Center. A thank you letter was also sent to Sam Haselton for donating the materials to construct the sign for our newly acquired property. We had a request for information about who to contact for Adirondack Park regulations regarding property in Wilmington. Karen Peters replied with the requested contact information.
Doug Wolfe donated four Forest Service outdoor volumes including:
1) Signs, Trails and Wayside exhibits
2) The Interpreter’s Book
3) Creating Environmental Publications
4) Making the Right Connections
He mentioned that we are eligible for two grants per year for placing signs at historical locations.
Our next research day is October 16.
We are trying to get a grant for Dave Ruch to provide 1812 music at our next Wilmington Heritage Celebration.
Winner of the gift card raffle was Roger Bonner. Guy mentioned that we need to send a thank you note to Roger Bonner for the use of his tractor to clean up our property,
Our next meeting will be November 7. Open Discussion topic is “Wilmington Church History.”
There has been some confusion concerning the WHS accounts. The general, or operations fund is used to fund our normal day to day business expenses and is funded primarily through memberships. The Adirondack Foundation fund for which we hold our annual fundraiser is for future operations and maintenance of our building once it is constructed. The money market or construction fund is for construction costs of the building.
The meeting was adjourned.
Wilmington Historical Society