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Wilmington Historical Society
Minutes of Meeting
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Wilmington Community Center

Bob Cressey
Gilbert Dyke
Guy Stephenson
Merri Peck
Monica McGaughey
Judy Lawrence
Karen Peters
Gerald Bruce
Linda Joss-Dyke

Open Discussion:

Topic: “Wilmington Service Organizations History- American Legion and Auxiliary, Fire Department, Auxiliary, scouts, etc.”

Karen started the discussion at 7:05PM. Service organizations discussed included: Kiwanis (that met at Steinhoff’s), Rotary (which met at Au Sable Forks), the American Legion, and Sons of American Legion (chartered by Congress in 1919), Reuben Stanford post #1774 in Wilmington, Fire department and Auxiliary, Wilmington Boy Scouts Troup 24, Girl scouts, Wilmington Sporting, Fish and Game Club. and others. Guests spoke about activities conducted by these organizations, shared pictures and articles found in the archives. Speakers included Gerald Bruce, Guy Stephenson, Merri Peck, Judy Lawrence, and Karen Peters. Charlie Haselton shared information on the topic with Karen Peters prior to the meeting. Scrap-books of scouting activities were passed around, and discussions of service activities were shared. If you are interested in hearing the complete discussion contact the WHS website for a list of open discussion recordings and ways to access them.

Business Meeting:

Karen Peters called the business meeting to order at 8:03PM. The minutes of the January 6, 2016, meeting were distributed. Gilbert Dyke made a motion to accept the minutes as presented. Guy Stephenson seconded. Motion carried.

The treasurers report was presented in writing. The general account contains $2468.61. NBT Building Fund contains $100.00. Adirondack Foundation Trust balance is $13,117.37. Guy Stephenson moved to accept the treasurers report as presented by Donna Griffin. Closing date 12/26/2015. Gil Dyke seconded. Motion carried.


Karen shared a communication from Dustin Ulrich stating, as the new Marketing Manager for Whiteface Mountain, he gives permission for WHS members to have access to the Veterans Memorial Highway with a membership card valid until February, 2017.

Karen Peters received a request concerning the names of newspapers reporting news about Wilmington in the 1840’s. Local Papers included Essex County Republican (Keeseville,NY), and Plattsburgh Republican (Plattsburgh, NY). She also recommended the website www. nyhistoricnewspapers.org.

A film about the North Pole Theme Park is being made. The producers are still looking for park footage of 1960’s and 1970’s, footage of QVC and the sale of the park in 1999, and any footage of Frontiertown, Storytown USA, the Land of Makebelieve and other ADK theme parks of the past. They can be found on FaceBook at North Pole NY Documentary.

We received a Bruce Family history collection form Gerry Bruce.

A request was received for information about Abel Ray who was in Sanford’s Unit 1892.


Karen handed out the schedule of research dates for the year. This month, the day is Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 10 am to 1pm. Regular research hours are on the third Tuesday of each month, except in April and May due to Community room availability. April and May research sessions will be the third Wednesday of those months. The Program Committee met to schedule and plan programs and open discussion topics for 2016. Dates, times and topics will be published in newsletters and area publications.

The new membership flyers have been printed and labels are ready to be mailed for the Annual Membership Drive.

We will be suggesting the possibility of a Cemetery Preservation Workshop to the Essex County Historical Museum.

The Visitors Bureau will plan to host the annual “ADK 102 Club” Dinner Event this year.

Old Business:

Linda briefly discussed some fundraising events possibilities that will be further discussed at later meetings. Her committee will meet in March.

Website- Patrick McIntyre sent a copy of the Google Analytics overview for the Wilmington Historical Society’s website. It was reviewed and our visitors seem to be up. Gil will research other war registrations and links to add to our website.

Merri gave a report on Post Office mailings for non-profits. The conclusion was that the most cost-effective way of mailing is to remain with the visitor’s bureau membership and take advantage of the bulk mailing offered with membership in that organization.

Adjournment: Guy Stephenson moved to adjourn the meeting. Gil Dyke seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 9:25PM

Respectfully Submitted,
Linda Joss-Dyke, Trustee
(in the absence of secretary Nancy Cressey)


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