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2021-2022 Annual Appeal

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The 200th Anniversary of the founding of Wilmington is coming up in 2022!    As we celebrate 200 years of Wilmington history, we invite you to continue your partnership in preserving the stories that make Wilmington unique.

One day, Mrs. Maxwell (Sid) stopped by the Post Office when our Town Historian, Merri Carol Peck, was Postmaster.  Merri invited Sid to a Historical Society meeting, but Sid felt that she had nothing to contribute knowing very little about her early family history. Merri reminded her that everyone has a history and accepted the challenge to find out more about Sid’s story. Merri asked Sid for a few facts that she could remember about her youth and they met again the next day. With what little information was provided, Merri was able to tell Sid family history she never knew, fun facts about her childhood and more. Sid was overjoyed to find that she did, in fact, have a history of her own and was grounded to it. The Historical Society interviewed Sid about the former local ski rope tow at Quaker Mountain where she and her family owned a camp and where her neighbor Donna Fox operated the ski tow for many years for guests and friends.
Information from this interview was later shared with author Jeremy K. Davis for his book Lost Ski Areas of the Northern Adirondacks. That’s what we do at the Wilmington Historical Society…we save history and give everyone a story.

Our new building will give a central location in which to save stories like Sid’s and others. What’s your story? Our history is your history.  Our new handicapped-accessible history center will house a research and genealogical library, research computer with internet access, an archives-safe room, displays of story-telling artifacts, and meeting space. The building will be available for community use as well.

To date, contributors like you have given nearly $150,000 toward the building effort which is currently paying for the engineering and architectural plans and setting a financial foundation for upcoming construction expenses. We are also pleased that we have received pro-bono work on our property such as tree removal and other land work, water and electrical taps, and roadwork donated by Jeff Gelfand, owner of the Brook Side Acres. Thank you, Jeff!

As a partner in our work, you can increase your impact by making a monetary donation to our building fund. Please contribute to the Wilmington Historical Society Building Construction Fund.  Your donation will be doubled as our benefactor, Dennis Keegan, has pledged to match all donations received for the Ruth and Thomas Keegan Memorial History Center.    Your gift may be tax deductible. Keep in mind that this kind of donation is also a great way to memorialize or honor a loved one.  Planned giving through your will, trust or estate plan is also an option.

We thank you for your generosity and support. It takes an entire community to preserve all our remarkable Wilmington and Whiteface Region stories!

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Wilmington Historical Society Keegan Memorial Building concept B

Wilmington Historical Society Keegan Memorial Building concept B

Wilmington Historical Society Keegan Memorial Building concept A

Wilmington Historical Society Keegan Memorial Building concept A