When we first met Rosemary Vargas, she was responding to our call for volunteers published in the Jay Community News in the Spring of 2022. With her strong resume in the category of social media and communications, she more than fit the bill for our needs in that area. When asked why she became involved in the historical society, she responded, “My partner, Rob, is an archeologist and history buff. He piqued my interest in history the more and more time I spent with him over the past 10+years. When we moved to the Adirondacks in 2019, I had just sold my business and then Covid hit. I was spending a lot of time at home then and when I read that the WHS was looking for volunteers, I thought it would be a good fit to put my social media and design skills to use for a while. It’s been a fun experience learning about Wilmington history.” Since Rosemary became our volunteer Publicity Assistant, she has made it possible to share our collection online with you. In turn, the number of people participating in these online discussions on Facebook has increased from 787 followers in April 2022 to almost 1800 and growing! For those of you on Facebook and Instagram, we are sure you can appreciate her posts of Wilmington photos and historical information. Your reactions, questions and comments further increase our knowledge of Wilmington history and re-connect old friends and acquaintances! We are sharing, connecting and learning at the same time! What is YOUR Wilmington connection and story to share? Our history is your history.
Our future handicapped-accessible history center will house a research and genealogical library, archives-safe room, displays of artifacts, and much-needed town meeting space, all intended to increase our connections through our heritage and our community. To date, contributors like you have given over $250,000 toward the building effort. The preliminary engineering and architectural plans plus pro-bono work including tree removal, other land work, roadwork, water and electrical taps all have been completed. The Town of Wilmington has accepted the transfer of the road which includes maintenance. We are setting a financial foundation for upcoming construction expenses.
As a partner in our work, you can increase your impact by making a monetary donation to our building fund. Please contribute to our Wilmington Historical Society Building Construction Fund by using the button below. Your donation will be doubled as our benefactor, Dennis Keegan, has pledged to match 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. And please remember the Wilmington Historical Society on Giving Tuesday!
We thank you for your generosity and support. It takes an entire community to preserve our remarkable Wilmington and Whiteface Region history!
With much gratitude,
Karen Marshall Peters, President Wilmington Historical Society