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Wilmington Historical Society
Minutes of meeting
Wednesday, Mar 2, 2011
Wilmington Community Center


Karen Peters
Doug Wolfe
Guy Stephenson
Merri Peck
Nancy Cressey
Bob Cressey

Karen Peters called the meeting to order and we began with our open discussion of “Wildlife Accounts in Wilmington.” Guy Stephenson showed us photos of a deer that was washed down the Flume in high water and another of a large buck he killed. There were many accounts of all kinds of wildlife sightings and Merri Peck told a funny story about a weasel that got into her house.

Karen called for the secretary’s report. Guy moved to accept the minutes as read and Bob Cressey seconded the motion. Bob then gave the treasurer’s report. He gave a revised report for the previous month to correct the membership income from $10 to $20. Guy made a motion to accept the report which was seconded by Nancy Cressey. It carried unanimously. Bob then read the report for this past month. We had income of $570 from memberships and expenses totaling $603.24 which included $213.30 for postage, $250 for the Lake Placid Central School 4th Grade Anthology Project and $139.94 for supplies. Doug Wolfe moved to accept the report and it was seconded by Guy. All voted in favor. Karen reported on communications for the month. She sent out reminders for the evening research hours on February 15th. We received our American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) membership which is effective until January 2013. Dan Gould phoned Karen to inform her that one of the pictures in our new membership flyer was misidentified. He said that the Wilmington Pioneers photo was not Daniel and Allie Cooper Haselton as labeled, but he was not immediately sure who the people in the photo were. After researching he was able to tell Karen later that the photo is of Miner Cooper and his wife Jane Musgrove. Karen confirmed this by looking at other pictures of Miner Cooper. Dan Gould said it was not necessary for us to send out an immediate correction, but he only asked that we correct our file. Karen sent a letter to the Lake Placid Central School along with our check for their 4th Grade Anthology Project. She advised them that the WHS could provide help with their research on a couple of their chosen topics. Karen received a message from Christina Parker Wingler who is the manager of the Battle of Plattsburgh commemoration. She noted that the headstone for Stephen Partridge is tipped over and asked if it could be repaired. Guy said that the stone is tipped off its foundation but not broken. He will get an estimate to have it repaired. We received the Region IV email Newsletter which offers a number of workshops in March, April and May. There is training in Glens Falls and Massena on “Security Solutions for New York’s Historical Records.” Doug reported that he heard from Jack Wolfe about his memory of ice cutting above the dam on the Ausable. He also sent a picture of the Pioneer Scout Band with identification of people in the photo.

There were no acquisitions for the past month.

On the topic of Research and Inquiries, Karen reported that she had sent a message out in the Jay Community News soliciting information about the Christmas Ornament Inquiry that we received last month. No one offered a solution to the mystery, but a number of people did express interest in buying such an ornament. Possibly this could be a fundraiser for the WHS if we could get someone to produce the ornaments. Karen will talk to Karl Von Entress about this. While on the topic of fundraisers, it was suggested that a calendar with old photos might be a fund raising opportunity. Doug will talk to some other organizations that have sold calendars to get an idea how successful it might be as a fund raiser. Karen received a family history inquiry from a Dr. Gerald Haskins and she was able to provide him with information about some of his relatives. Dr. Haskins subsequently joined the WHS. Karen received a phone call from Victoria Harris about the Owaissa Club and Doug received an inquiry and follow up about the Rock and Mineral Club.

Merri reported for the Library, Museum and Historical Sites Committee that the cabinets have been reorganized to free up some space and we will continue to work on this effort. She also reported that she had backed up all the Past Perfect files.

Karen reported for the Publications and Programs Committee that she and Doug had met to discuss our program schedule. The flyers for our 2011 Open Discussions went out. So far we have commitments for programs in July by Amy Godine and August by Caperton Tissot. The exact dates are not yet established. Professor Hinds will do a book signing in Elizabethtown for his new book, Crafting a Personal Family History in July. Karen mentioned that she has been in touch with Margaret Gibbs and offered to help promote the book signing. The date for the Festival of Colors will be September 10th. In October we will do a program on “Wilmington History through Post Cards” for Archives Month.

Nancy Cressey reported for the Membership and Nominations Committee that we have received 27 memberships (2 new and 25 renewals) in the past month. As of the time of this meeting we have 64 members paid for 2011. Merri said she has saved all of the returned membership flyers so that the mailing list can be updated by removing names or changing addresses as appropriate.

The Community Dinner to honor Citizens of the Year Karen and Bob Peters will be held Tuesday March 15. At the dinner Jane Peck will also be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Karen handed out copies of the 2011 Action Plan and reminded us that she needs everyone’s volunteer hours for 2010.

The Community Enhancement Council will be receiving the architects’ final rendering shortly.

We have been informed that Dr. Hinds’ series of Wilmington books will be finished within the next year. We expect to begin receiving his collection of Wilmington materials this spring, with the remainder to follow next summer. Dr. Hinds’ Wilmington collection consists of the following materials:

1) 314 books and pamphlets
2) 118 rolls of 35mm microfilm
3) 8 linear feet of 8 ½ x 11 letter size materials
4) 3 ¼ linear feet of 8 ½ x 14 materials
5) Adirondack Life magazines, 1970 to present

Guy made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Merri seconded it. All voted in favor.

Respectfully Submitted,
Nancy Cressey
Wilmington Historical Society


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