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Wilmington Historical Society
Minutes of Meeting
7:00 PM, Wednesday, February 16, 2005
AuSable Room, Whiteface Base Lodge


Doug Wolfe
Steve Connor
Karen Peters
Guy Stephenson, Jr.
Bob Cressey
Nancy Cressey

The meeting began with a program by Douglas Wolfe. Doug gave a very interesting slide presentation entitled, “Electronics, Whiteface Mountain and the 1980 Winter Olympic Games—Getting the Program Out to the World.” The program was well attended and well received.

Guy Stephenson made a correction to the minutes of the January meeting. He was interviewed not by Liz DeFazio, but by a reporter for CSEA. Steve Connor offered a motion to accept the minutes as corrected. Guy seconded the motion and it carried unanimously. Guy will obtain copies of the article with his interview for the WHS.

Bob Cressey gave the treasurer’s report. The bank balance is $1,854.57. This balance is prior to deducting two checks, one for $37 postage which he was informed of tonight, and one which covered the mailing of the membership brochures. Bob will have to get the amount of that check from Merri Peck. Doug made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report as read and Nancy Cressey seconded it. All voted in favor.

Karen Peters reported on communications. We received a request from Kathy Gruenberg of Mel’s Diner for old photos of their motel. They would like to have these photos in support of an application for a grant for historical restoration of the motel.

Karen passed around an article about Jeanne Ashworth as a former Olympian. AASLH sent us a thank you for renewing our membership. We also received the Underground Railroad Regional Newsletter, and notice of a workshop on Electronic Document Imaging to be given March 1st. Karen received information about the Save America’s Treasures Grant Program too late to meet this year’s submission deadline, but we should be aware of this program for next year. There will be a museum conference on Tuesday, April 26 th.

Karen reported for the Library, Museum, and Historic Sites Committee that on February 1st six members met at Merri’s house for the purpose of sorting items for cataloging. We will continue to meet at Merri’s house on the first Tuesday of each month until this project is completed. The next meeting will be March 1st.

Karen reported for the Publications and Programs Committee that she sent press releases to four newspapers for tonight’s program. She said that there are about 25 businesses in town where we need to distribute flyers for events in the winter. In the summer this increases to about 30 places. Julia Robinson’s program on antiques is scheduled for our next regular meeting in March.

Karen gave the report for the Membership and Nominations Committee. Our membership brochure mailing is out. Karen sent notes to Bridgitte Hinman and several other people to thank ORDA for again offering the free trip up the Whiteface Memorial Highway as a membership incentive.

Our meeting with the E. M. Cooper Library Board of Trustees is scheduled for Wednesday, February 23 at 5:30 pm. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss common goals and possible joint programs. We need to secure the library’s cooperation in acting as a repository for copies of historical documents and records.

Karen volunteered to work on our application for the Get Ready Grant from the Upstate History Alliance. Doug and Steve indicated that they do not believe we are quite ready for that phase and it was agreed that we will hold off with that for now.

Doug reported that he got a copy of the survey map of Haselton Cemetery from the town hall for the cemetery mapping project. It will take some work to get the information into a usable condition. Ray Curran has agreed to cooperate with us on this project and should provide valuable assistance since he has access to satellite maps. Karen proposed that we form a committee to get this project underway. She asked Doug, Bob, and Nancy to serve and suggested that Ray and Charlie Haselton should be asked to be on the committee as well. Nancy reported that Joyce Ranieri, who is responsible for the Northern New York Tombstone Transcription Project, has taken all the data and CDs for the Wilmington cemeteries that we provided to her, and posted the information on the web. It is now possible to access Wilmington cemetery information and photos on the internet. The web address is http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~frgen/essex/essexindex.htm. Karen has asked Patrick McIntyre to put a link to this site on our website.

Karen wrote a thank you letter to the Ausable Valley Garden Club for their donation of $30 for plants and flowers. She received an email from Ginny Crispell in regards to the mural for the trailer. Ginny will contact the schools about this project. She indicated that if they are not willing, the Mountain Artists will do it themselves.

Steve reported that he heard from Jonas Schwartzentruber, the Amish wheelwright he contacted regarding the carriage wheels. He indicated that he does not work with wheels that large, and Steve got the same response from another wheelwright in the area. Steve has leads for wheelwrights in Ohio and Kentucky , but he is looking to try to keep the work in state. Doug mentioned Chris Fox as a contact.

Karen received an email soliciting subjects for the TV program History’s Mysteries. She agreed to make an initial contact about the possibility of using the origin of the cannon and carriage as a topic. We don’t know enough about the Gatling gun at this point. Doug said that he has tried without success to find out what regiment Alpheus Perry belonged to during the Civil War—that may help to shed more light on the search for information about the gun.

Patrick McIntyre will be adding the order form for the Wilmington books, the new membership brochure and a link to the cemetery information to our website.

Bob made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Steve seconded the motion and all voted in favor.

Respectfully submitted,
Nancy Cressey


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