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Wilmington Historical Society
Minutes of Meeting
7:00 PM, Wednesday, March 21, 2007
E. M. Cooper Library


Karen Peters
Doug Wolfe
Guy Stephenson
Steve Connor
Randy Preston
Nancy Cressey
Bob Cressey

Karen Peters called the meeting to order. We held our discussion of snowmobile history in the area first, in accordance with our new agenda format. The discussion lasted about an hour, after which Karen called for the secretary’s report. Doug Wolfe requested a change to the minutes. The sentence reading “…the 1938 trail cut on Whiteface was probably the first Alpine ski trail in New York.” was changed to read , “…the 1938 trail cut on Whiteface was probably one of the first Alpine/downhill ski trails in New York.” Steve Connor made a motion to accept the minutes as corrected and it was seconded by Doug. The motion carried unanimously.

Bob Cressey gave the treasurer’s report. Our bank balance is $6,078.40. Since the last report we have had expenses of $126.74 for archival supplies and postage. We had deposits totaling $1015, all except $100 from memberships. The $100 was a donation in memory of William E. Kirk, Jr. from Mr. Rel S. Ambrozy of the law firm McKenna, Long and Aldridge in Washington, DC. We sent an acknowledgement of the donation to Mr. Ambrozy and also to Mr. Richard D. Kirk of the Bayard Firm in Wilmington, Delaware. Karen asked Bob if he had received a check for $8.79 from the town for the box we provided them for storage of the old town records book. Bob replied that he had not received the check to date. Guy Stephenson made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report and it was seconded by Steve. All voted in favor. Bob reported that he has been working on completing IRS form 990 and that he had received information on volunteer hours from everyone except Steve. At this time Steve reported that he had spent 60 hours. Bob will have the form completed before the next meeting.

Karen then discussed communications. She mentioned that she had received a disk on local history of another town as an example for us to follow from Jeri Wright. She also received the Oscar Maynard diary for the year of 1894. The Essex County Historical Society sent us some military documents for Gilbert Hickok. Jeanne Ashworth gave us a photo of Wilmington from the 1920s era. We received a letter from Jerry Bruce with our copy of the old town records and a thank you from the library board for our assistance in having the records conserved. Karen sent a thank you letter to Lynn Scharbach for donating the Maynard diary. She mentioned that Lynn Scharbach had also donated a set of Olympic clothing that had been worn on Whiteface Mountain during the 1980 Olympics. Karen sent a thank you to Bill Carr for his suggestion to include Regent Dawson in our distribution of minutes. We had an email from Matt Switlik in reference to the research on the cannon. Karen said she had gotten permission from Harold Hinds to put one sample page of each of his books on our website.

The Library, Museum, Historic Sites Committee had nothing new to report as Karen and Merri have not yet been able to meet.

The Publications and Programs Committee reported that the programs for 2007 are set. The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, May 5 Mines Tour—Guy Stephenson
Friday June 15 Area Railroads—Chris Breschia
Friday July 6 Santa’s Workshop in the 50s and 60s—Robert Reiss
Friday August 3 Life of a Civil War Soldier—Matt George Saturday September 15 Festival of Colors
Saturday October 13 Introduction to Genealogy, Getting Started—Karen and Bob Peters

Karen reported that she had prepared press releases for the exhibition of the old town records book at the town board meeting on March 14 and also for tonight’s meeting.

Nancy Cressey reported for the membership and Nominations Committee that the memberships are still coming in slowly. Our volunteer list is also growing.

The Newcomer’s dinner was held March 13. Sandy Bowen was honored as citizen of the year at the dinner.

Karen reported that she had attended two meetings of the Wilmington Visions and Planning Committee. The committee will be meeting again on March 29. It is an outgrowth of the Waterfront Revitalization project. They plan to discuss town needs and the possibility of doing a survey of town residents on this subject. Karen mentioned that she had visited an exceptional community center in Monticello, Minnesota and she had done some research to determine how they obtained funding and support for their project.

Doug said that he had been in contact with a collector who has agreed to give us some help in obtaining information we need to get the cannon restored. He mentioned a company in Michigan that deals in antique ordinance that could provide a set of wheels for about $900. He said an entire new carriage would cost about $7500 to $8000. Doug also talked to him about the Gattling gun and will continue to pursue this research.

Karen has been sending website updates to Patrick McIntyre. She gave a presentation on the old town records on March 14 and she also assisted Jerry Bruce in completing the grant project final report form.

The town board has approved our plan for placing cabinets in the Community Center.

Guy made a motion that we adjourn and Bob seconded it. All voted in favor.

Respectfully submitted,
Nancy Cressey


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