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Wilmington Historical Society
Minutes of Meeting
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Wilmington Community Center


Merri C. Peck
Barbara Rothman
Donna Griffin
Doug Wolfe
Bob Cressey
Nancy Cressey
Gilbert Dyke
Linda Joss-DykeM

Merri Peck called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM and our discussion on the Wilmington Dam and Lake Everest commenced. Doug Wolfe passed around quite a few photos including some of the original wooden dam, the trapezoidal bridge, and the dam construction of 1937-38. He explained that the original dam had gates for generating electricity but it was never used for that purpose. Merri passed around a copy of the old Wilmington map that shows the location of the dam and mills along the river. She also shared some information about the early photo of the bridge that was the inspiration for the WHS logo.

At the conclusion of the open discussion Merri called for the secretary’s report. Gil Dyke made a motion to accept the minutes and it was seconded by Doug. All voted in favor.

Bob Cressey passed out copies of the treasurer’s report. Our current balance is $3,890.45. Our expenses for the month were $914.50 and our income was $619.52. Linda Joss-Dyke made a motion to accept the report and it was seconded by Doug. The motion carried unanimously.

Merri reported on communications. We received an email from the Essex County Historical Society about an online photo commemoration of the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial celebration.v Our acquisitions for the month included some photos from Laurie Bepler and an old Musgrove family Bible which Donna Griffin presented to us at the meeting.v Doug reported receiving an inquiry about Whiteface trail maps from an individual who maintains a ski blog for all the ski centers in the northeast. He is also researching a question about the influence of the Austrians on skiing at Whiteface for someone from Mountain Lakes PBS. Merri received a request from Adirondack Life Magazine for old photos of lumbering.

During the last research/work night Barbara Rothman, Gil, Linda and Merri worked on indexing the books from Harold Hinds. We received three new volumes of the Wilmington series from Heritage books. Volume 5 contains census records and volumes 18 and 19 are Wilmington newspaper transcriptions. These books are now available for sale.

Merri reported for the Publications and Programs Committee. We are looking for a Theme for the Festival of Colors. One suggestion is to use the Wilmington History in Postcards as our theme. Our programs for this year will include the following:

Friday, June 15, 7 PM—9 PM    The History of Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere and its Effects on Climate Change    Rich Brandt, ASRC
Friday, July 6, 7 PM—9 PM    The Underground Railroad    Don Papson, North Country Underground Railroad Association
Friday, July 27, 7 PM—9 PM    The Wilderness Life of Noah John Rondeau, Adirondack Hermit    Jay O’Hern, author
Friday, August 24, 7 PM—9 PM    Links, Chains and the Mallory Grant    Joseph Provoncha, Essex County Clerk
Friday, October 26, 7 PM—9 PM    Adirondack Tales of Folk and Fancy    Karen Glass, storyteller

Nancy Cressey reported for the Membership and Nominations Committee that we received 18 memberships during the month. The total paid membership for 2012 now stands at 90. The Historical Walking Tour Information website has been updated to correct errors identified by Doug.

Linda reported that she has she has posters for advertising the Great Escape Tickets but she has not put them up yet because Karen had requested to see them first. Linda will email the poster to Karen so she can get them posted around town as soon as possible.

Karen is currently working on the proposal for Arcadia Books. We need to decide on a title. After some discussion we agreed that we think “Wilmington, Whiteface and West Branch Ausable” would be a descriptive and appropriate title. Arcadia Books also wants to know how many books we would purchase initially and we decided that 100 books would be a good number to start with. We agreed that we will sell the books to members at a ten percent discount as we do with the Wilmington Series books.

Merri informed us that our insurance agent has been able to get us increased coverage for our collections and the deductible has been decreased from $500 to $250. The deductible on our laptop computer is still $500 but the agent is trying to get that reduced to $250 also. Julie Robinson has agreed to appraise our collections for a fee of $200, which is half her usual fee. After a short discussion Doug moved to spend the $200 for the appraisal and Gil seconded the motion. All voted in favor.

Gil is working on the draft letter to request forming of a committee to address our concerns about the bridge project.

The New York State Education Department Annual Report which is required of us now comes on a postcard. Karen completed the postcard form and mailed it in on March 28th.

Karen compiled figures for WHS program and meeting attendance for 2011. The numbers show an increase over 2010 and the number of hits on our website has been increasing steadily also.

The Northern New York Library Network is holding its third annual conference on April 12th. The topic will be “Archives and Special Collections; Basics and Beyond,”

Our next research night is Tuesday, April 17.

Linda moved to adjourn the meeting and Bob seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

Respectfully Submitted,
Nancy Cressey
Wilmington Historical Society


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