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Wilmington Historical Society
Minutes of Meeting
Wednesday, Apr 6, 2011
Wilmington Community Center


Karen Peters
Doug Wolfe
Guy Stephenson
Barbara Rothman
Gilbert Dyke
Linda Joss-Dyke
Nancy Cressey
Bob Cressey
Merri Peck

Karen Peters called the meeting to order at 7:05 PM. Barbara Rothman announced that Chris Santa of the Holiday Lodge donated oatmeal cookies for our meeting. We began with our open discussion of “Wilmington Weather Events.” Doug Wolfe presented some winter storm photos and talked about a few memorable weather events including the time the weather station on Whiteface was struck by lightning and caught fire. He also gave us a brief history of the ASRC. Others talked about weather events that were memorable to them and Karen offered a few stories from earlier Wilmington history, including the year without a summer that occurred in 1816.

Karen called for the secretary’s report. Doug made a correction to the last sentence of the third paragraph. It is now changed to read, “He also asked if we could identify the people in the photo of the Pioneer Scout Band.” Guy Stephenson pointed out a spelling error in the name “Minor” and then made a motion to accept the minutes with these two corrections. Bob Cressey seconded the motion and all voted in favor.

Bob presented the treasurer’s report. We had income of $1030 from memberships and expenses of $433.80 for archival supplies, leaving a balance of $5,920.44. Nancy Cressey moved to accept the treasurer’s report and Linda Joss-Dyke seconded the motion. It carried unanimously. Bob also reported that he has completed Form 990 for the Internal Revenue Service and he will mail it tomorrow. Karen mentioned that our insurance will be coming due in May.

Karen then reported on communications. We received a 9-11 story from Marty Bausman. Caperton Tissot, author of Adirondack Ice, has informed us that the Lake Placid Historical Society is creating an ice exhibit. They will be using some photos provided by Karen. Tim Haselton of Scottsdale, Arizona sent us a letter with his membership, providing some interesting information about Haselton genealogy. He has also offered us notes from a school board meeting in 1853 and a 1920 oil painting of the Whiteface Mountain House and some other Wilmington buildings.

The Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) had donated about ten years worth of posters and brochures to the WHS. Bridget Hinman of ORDA has also talked to Karen about meeting with someone from WHS to go through photos they may be able to donate. Karen said she had received an email from Jan Betters offering to donate Fran Betters’ North Country newspapers. Shari Kent donated a Currier and Ives winter scene on a piece of wood from Santa’s Workshop.

Karen, Doug and Guy have been gathering information on the Wilmington Inn in response to a request from Peter Tomlinson of Canada who remembered staying there in the fifties. They have been able to acquire quite a bit of information regarding the chronology of owners and various names of the establishment. Mr. Tomlinson also has an interest in Marble Mountain. Karen will reply with the information they have put together.

After considerable research we have not been able to determine the origin of the Christmas ornament with all the Wilmington church steeples. While working on this, Karen did find that quite a few people expressed interest in having such an ornament, giving rise to the idea that this could be a possible fund raiser. Karen talked to Karl Von Entress of Mountain Glass. He would be willing to produce the ornaments if we find an artist to provide the design. Linda will contact Karl to see if he can suggest an artist and give us an estimate.

On April 4th several board members worked on reorganizing the cabinets in the Community Center. By using the new smaller boxes we were able to free up quite a lot of space for the Harold Hinds collection which we expect to begin receiving soon. We will continue working on the reorganization at our next research night on April 19th.

As of now our schedule for speakers and events for this year is as follows:

July 1 Amy Godine “Imaging the Adirondacks: How the Adirondacks got its Face”
July 10 Harold Hinds Book signing and lecture at the Elizabethtown History Center
July 15 Don Williams “Adirondack Tools and Tales”
Aug 12 Caperton Tissot “Adirondack Ice”
Sep 10 Festival of Colors Theme is “Made in Wilmington”
Oct 22 Bob & Karen Peters “Wilmington History in Postcards”

Karen said that the committee is still working on getting a speaker for June. The topic is expected to be about natural history. The calendar for all of the WHS meetings through November has gone out to the local newspapers.

Nancy Cressey reported for the Membership and Nominations Committee that we received 37 memberships for $1040 since our last meeting. Nominations for election of president, vice-president, secretary and one trustee position currently occupied by Guy Stephenson were opened. The incumbents were nominated for all positions. Nominations remain open.

Karen reported that the Wilmington Community Enhancement Council held its last meeting and is now dissolved. They determined that the plans submitted by the architect firm for the new community center and the expansion of the existing center were both too expensive and not feasible in this economy. A new Wilmington Recreation Committee (WRC) has been formed and Karen attended the first meeting. She presented the material that the WHS has gathered toward developing a history walk. The next meeting of the WRC will be May 3rd.

Under the heading of old business we have the following items to report. Lake Placid Elementary School reports that the 4th grade anthology project is being finished. We will begin receiving Harold Hinds’ collection soon. Nancy McNabb is transcribing chattel mortgages from the 1850s and 1880s. This needs to be completed by December 1st. For the calendar year 2010 the WHS had 1276 volunteer hours. This is impressive for a small historical society and we send a big thank you to all our volunteers.

Linda talked about a fund raising opportunity called Coasters for a Cause with Great Escape and Splash Water Kingdom. We could sell discounted tickets for $19.99 which would be $25 off the regular price of $45.99. For each ticket sold the WHS would receive $5. Those people buying the tickets would have the opportunity to obtain a second ticket for an additional $15 or a season pass for an additional $35. The discounted tickets are good on a number of days in May and June including weekends. We would be allowed to advertise these tickets in any way other than newspaper, radio or TV. If the WHS does not sell all the tickets they can be returned without penalty. After some discussion it was agreed that this could be a good fund raiser. Bob moved that we participate in Coasters for a Cause and Guy seconded the motion. All voted in favor. Linda agreed to travel to Great Escape to get the tickets and manage the paper work. She will contact the Little Super Market, the Youth Center and the Visitors Bureau about the program.

Guy spoke to funeral director John Twaits about getting the headstone for Stephen Partridge repaired. He suggested we have Plattsburgh Memorials look at the stone and give us an estimate for repair as soon as the weather is favorable.

Karen sent Patrick McIntyre our list of open discussions for this year to be posted on our website.

Karen and Bob Peters and Linda Joss-Dyke will be attending the Northern New York Library Network Workshop this Friday.

Author and WHS member Ford Balch has a new book out, “Warriors of the Forest Beaver Wars”.

The Wilmington/Whiteface 100K bike race will be held June 19, 2011. This is a mountain bike race and it will serve as a qualifier for the Leadville bike race in Colorado.

The Wild Center is working in partnership with ORDA and the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) on the Whiteface Mountain-Olympic Region Scenic Byways Natural History Interpretation Project to develop interpretive signage. They are holding a meeting Tuesday April 26th to brainstorm themes. Doug will represent the WHS at the meeting.

Guy moved to adjourn the meeting. Bob seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

Respectfully Submitted,
Nancy Cressey
Wilmington Historical Society


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