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Wilmington Historical Society
Minutes of Meeting
7:00 PM, Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Wilmington Fire House

Attendees

Merri Peck
Doug Wolfe
Guy Stephenson
Bob Cressey
Nancy Cressey
Barbara Mulvey

Merri Peck called the meeting to order. We held our open discussion of “Wilmington Hunting Stories.” Upon conclusion of the discussion Merri called for the Secretary’s report. Guy Stephenson made a motion to accept the October minutes as read and it was seconded by Doug Wolfe. The motion carried unanimously.

Bob Cressey gave the treasurer’s report. He reported our bank balance as $2,313.82. Our expenses for the month were $15.95 for postage and our income totaled $121.01 including $61.01 from refunds and rebates, $50.00 from the VRS ticket fundraiser and $10.00 in donations. Guy Stephenson made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report and it was seconded by Merri. All voted in favor.

Merri then summarized our communications for the past month. We received a family history email inquiry from Wendy Abbot about a David Day. Merri researched this but was unable to find any record of David Day in Wilmington. The name did turn up in other area records and Merri passed the information back to Ms. Abbot. Karen Peters sent a thank you note to Ellie McAvoy for providing refreshments at the “Introduction to Genealogy” program held on October 13th. She also sent a sympathy card to Dr. Harold Hinds whose father passed away. We received some information from the Northern New York Library Network (NNYLN) about an upcoming writing competition, “Researching the North Country.” Winning essays will be posted on the NNYLN website. On Wednesday, November 14, NNYLN is sponsoring a Documentary Heritage Program Grant Information session in Potsdam. We also received some information from the Upstate History Alliance about courses and events they are sponsoring. We received the Capital District Civil War Roundtable newsletter. We also received a donation of an old pair of ski boots from Steven Lester. The boots are of the type that may have been used on wooden skis and appear to be in excellent condition. Doug reported that he had spoken to Steve Engelhart of Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) regarding the possibility of preserving the Northern Lights School building. Mr. Engelhart is willing to come to look at the building and meet with us. Doug suggested that the WHS should try to get the deed to the property to trace the history of the building.

The next topic on the agenda was the Standing Committee Reports. Merri reported for the Library, Museum and Historic Sites Committee that she and Karen are still working on our disaster policy. Our laptop computer needs to be updated online at least once per month. Karen has been doing this.

Doug reported for the Publications and Programs Committee. He had no new progress to report on the History Tour development. There was a good response to Bob and Karen Peters’ program on “Introduction to Genealogy” held October 13. We agreed that this program would be worth repeating. We discussed the possibility of creating a poster display for the 50th Anniversary of Whiteface Ski Center. We have many old skiing photos. Doug pointed out that we need to speak to Bridget Hinman about what plans ORDA has because we do not want to duplicate what they are doing. Doug has gathered some material together for the “History Tidbits” that the Whiteface Visitors’ Bureau requested for their website. He needs to talk to the Visitors’ Bureau about how they want to present it.

We discussed “Open Discussion” topics for 2008. We agreed that there will not be an open discussion at the January planning meeting since it would make the meeting too long. Due to the amount of material and the interest shown in some of our previous discussion topics we agreed that it would be a good idea to repeat some of them. Hunting Stories and Military History were two such discussions. We discussed the possibility of compiling a list of all veterans from Wilmington. We could put out a request for information in the town newsletter. Merri suggested doing a discussion on Genealogy Stories since there is widespread interest in that topic. Another suggestion was to hold informal discussions around some of Wilmington’s older citizens who possess a wealth of historical information. We would invite an individual for an informal talk and ask them what they remember about various subjects.

There was nothing new to report from the Membership and Nominations Committee. We did not receive any new memberships or renewals in the past month. We decided on Monday, December 3rd as a tentative date for a meeting to create our 2008 membership brochure.

Merri read the minutes from the Wilmington Community Enhancement Council meeting attended by Karen. Karen also attended a visitor’s bureau meeting which she will report on in January.

Doug had nothing new to report on the subject of the cannon. There have been no new Wilmington books published and we have not submitted any new orders in the past month. Merri advised us that Karen had done some research for Dr. Hinds on missing probate packets and she mailed them out this week. There were no new orders for the Virtual Reality tickets for November. Nancy reported that she had not yet produced the sample thank you cards. She will have them available for the January meeting.

Karen and Bob Peters attended a NNYLN workshop on Book Repair on October 15th. Karen will report on this at the January meeting. The meeting will be on January 2nd and will be our annual planning meeting. The Audit Committee will meet at 6:30 prior to the regular meeting.

Karen completed the New York State Annual Report forms for 2004, 2005 and 2006 and mailed them this week. We were required to submit all the forms at once because the state had problems and failed to get them out until just recently.

Doug moved to adjourn the meeting, Guy seconded the motion and all voted in favor.

Respectfully submitted,
Nancy Cressey
Secretary

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