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Wilmington Historical Society
Minutes of Meeting
Wednesday May 1, 2013
Wilmington Community Center


Karen Peters
Doug Wolfe
Merri Peck
George Buck
Lora Bushy
Guy Stephenson
Gilbert Dyke
Linda Joss-Dyke
Barbara Mulvey
Barbara Rothman
Nancy Cressey
Bob Cressey

Karen Peters called the meeting to order and our open discussion of “The History of Wilmington Farms” commenced. Karen presented a slide show of many Wilmington farms, various early farm equipment and farming activities. In the early days of the town most families did farming of some kind. Guy Stephenson, Doug Wolfe and Merri Peck were able to add interesting comments on many of the photos of their family members’ farms. Doug also presented a map of early farms and a ledger of expenses from Bonnieview Farm.

The business meeting began following the discussion at 8:24. Karen called for the Secretary’s report. A correction was made to the fourth sentence of the minutes. The corrected sentence reads, “The current Whiteface Ski Center was proposed by veterans and opened in 1958.” Guy moved to accept the minutes as corrected and Bob Cressey seconded the motion. All voted in favor. Bob Cressey then passed out copies of the treasurer’s report. The current bank balance is $3,211.81. We had income of $220 including $200 from memberships and $20 in donations. Our expenses totaled 1,167.06 and included $222.50 for collections and archives, $20 for training, $874 for insurance, $6.60 for postage and $43.96 for office supplies. Guy made a motion to accept the report as given and Doug seconded the motion. It carried unanimously.

Discussion then turned to communications. We received our membership card from the American Association of State and Local History. We received email from our marketing representative at Arcadia Publishing indicating that the tentative publication date for our book, Wilmington and the Whiteface Region is Monday August 12th. Karen sent a thank you to Claire Orsi for her donation of a binder full of “Weekender” newspapers for the years 1988 to 1992. Karen sent thank you letters to Lauren Garfield, Aaron Kellett, Ted Blazer and Jeff Byrne for assisting in our membership drive by providing one complimentary admission to Whiteface Highway for each WHS membership card. We received a Staples Rewards Plus card which will give us discounts on purchases of printer ink and other supplies. Karen sent a photo to Joan Strong to reciprocate for the many photos she provided to the WHS.

We had no acquisitions this month. Karen will be working with Joan Strong regarding the Baptist Church history. Mark LoRusso of the New York Education Department has asked for Wilmington photos. Karen has been working with him. Member Nancy McNabb will be coming to Wilmington Monday to do some genealogical research. We received a request from Diane Fitzpatrick asking for identification of the people in one of the photos on our membership brochures. Karen was able to provide this to her by email. Tim Haselton asked for information about his ancestor who originally migrated from Vermont to Wilmington.

Merri reported for the Library, Museums and Historical Sites Committee that she and Karen worked on indexing of the microfilm boxes in the Harold E. Hinds, Jr. Collection at the last research night.

Karen reported for the Publications and Programs Committee. The program schedule for this year is still in process. The tentative schedule as it stands now is as follows:

Friday, June 28th -7 pm- Wilmington Community Center "Native Americans of the Adirondacks" presented by Native Mohawk Margaret Horn.

Friday, July 12th, -7pm -Wilmington Community Center "Wolves, Dogs, and Coy Wolves: An Evolutionary History"--presented by Steve Hall of Adirondack Wildlife Refuge in Wilmington.

Friday, July 26th- -7pm -Wilmington Community Center ""A History of Adirondack Guides" presented by Sharp Swan (not yet finalized).

Friday, August 16th- "Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt Visits the North Country and Inaugurates Whiteface Highway Project: September 11, 1929"- DVD rendering of original film and commentary by Doug Wolfe and Wilmington Historical Society staff.

Friday, October or November (date & details still needs to be finalized)-- 7 pm, Whiteface Ski Center-- "Legacy--Austria's Influence on American Skiing," movie on DVD, featuring Hannes Schneider and his disciples.

Saturday, September 14th-- Festival of Colors. The WHS will be selling the newly published Arcadia book, Wilmington and the Whiteface Region and raffling off a Noah John Rondeau painting by Suzanne Switzer at our Festival of Colors booth. Doug will work on a side exhibit of old cameras and photos.

Karen mentioned that she has developed a form to get information from lecturers to facilitate the process of scheduling programs.

Karen reported that she made some minor repairs on the “Outdoor Activities on Whiteface—Spanning the Years” display at the Whiteface Mountain Regional Visitors Bureau . Michelle Burns tells us that a lot of people look at that display.

Nancy Cressey gave the membership report. During the past month we received 24 memberships and our current total membership for 2013 stands at 105. Karen asked for nominations of officers since we will be voting at our next meeting. The incumbents were nominated for all positions, however treasurer Bob Cressey has indicated that he would prefer to step down. He agreed to serve for up to one more year until we can locate someone to replace him as treasurer.

Guy reported that the cemetery committee has not met. He plans to put together a list of headstones that need repair. There is $1000 available from the town to do needed repairs, however an attempt to contact the next of kin must be made before repairs can be done.

Karen reported that the Visitors’ Bureau Recreation Committee has been working on their website. Karen has ordered copies of all the books in the Wilmington book series that we had not previously purchased.

Linda Joss-Dyke reported that she has distributed posters for the Great Escape ticket sales to various locations in Wilmington and Lake Placid. The tickets will again be sold at the Visitors’ Bureau, T & T Tanning and the Village Hardware. We need to decide where to display posters for the raffle of the Noah John Rondeau painting by Suzanne Switzer. Linda will check with the Ad Workshop and the UPS Store for prices on raffle tickets. We agreed to sell the tickets for $5 donation each or 5 tickets for $20 donation. On the sticker fund raiser Linda will check with some of the area motels to see if they will agree to sell the stickers.

Our website is in the process of being updated. Our insurance has been renewed for another year. Our next research night will be Wednesday, May 22nd, 6-9 pm at the Wilmington Community Center.

On April 12th Karen and Merri attended a workshop entitled, “Fourth Annual Archives and Special Collections Conference.” They both found the workshop to be informative and helpful. Karen and Bob Peters attended another workshop called, “Electronic Records Boot Camp for Local Governments” which was also informative and useful. Doug made a motion to adjourn the meeting and it was seconded by Merri. All voted in favor.

Respectfully Submitted,
Nancy Cressey
Wilmington Historical Society


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