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Wilmington Historical Society
Minutes of Meeting
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Wilmington Community Center


Karen Peters
Merri Peck
Guy Stephenson
Nancy Cressey
Bob Cressey
Judy Lawrence
Donna Griffin (via telephone)

Karen Peters called the meeting to order at 7 pm and began our open discussion on “Newspapers and Journalism in Wilmington.” Karen talked about the volume Emma Hinds’ Scrapbook from the Wilmington Series. It is a compilation of the Rupert newspaper columns about the people of Wilmington. The columns are a good source for family history. These newspaper columns have also been transcribed and indexed by Kim Marshall, allowing for searches by family name. The Wilmington series also contains a volume of transcriptions of newspaper articles about Wilmington which appeared in local area papers. The WHS has a small collection of the North Country News which was a history journal with stories, poems, and art work. North Country News was edited by Fran Betters who also wrote many of the articles. Various Wilmington residents have served as columnists for area newspapers reporting on Wilmington news. These Wilmington journalists include Clara Haselton, Judy Lawrence, Barbara Rothman, Anna Lee Court and Lora Bushy. Guy Stephenson brought in a copy of a newspaper done by Roy Holzer in the early 80s. It was called Wilmington News and was produced biweekly. Merri Peck talked briefly about the Bonnieview Follies which had articles about the happenings at the Bonnieview Cottages.

Karen commenced the business meeting telling us that the Zachay Fund bank account is set up and just needs the paperwork to be signed by the trustees. Karen passed out copies of Donna Griffin’s treasurer’s report. We have a balance of $5,905.95 in our operating account, $1,960.55 in the building transfer account, and $41,754.40 in our Adirondack Foundation account. Guy made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report and it was seconded by Bob Cressey. All voted in favor.

Karen then reported on our communications for the month. She sent out letters to thank each sponsor for our 2017 Wilmington Whiteface Whiskey Run. The Sponsors are: Shawn Casey, High Peaks Builders, Inc.; University of Vermont Health Network, Elizabethtown Community Hospital; Team Placid Planet; Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) at Whiteface; Paul and June Coarding, Wilderness Inn II; Roy Holzer, Little Supermarket: Joe Dougherty, Adirondack Chocolates; Mr. Mike Baire, Unit Manager Pepsi Beverage Company; Heather Perkins & Peter Lynch, Gordon W. Pratt Agency; and Gail Joseph, Fallen Arch. We received an update on the progress in the making of the North Pole Documentary on the history of Santa’s Workshop. The first rough cut of the movie is complete.

During the past month we received one research question as to whether there was ever a veterans’ hospital in Wilmington, NY. Karen informed the individual that Wilmington is a very small town and has never had any kind of hospital or medical facility. Based on information provided by Doug Wolfe she did inform the person that the Lake Placid Club facilities were used for military R&R during the early forties and support people such as medical personnel could have been housed in Wilmington, but we are not aware of any hospital facility.

Merri Peck had nothing new to report for the Library, Museum and Historical Sites Committee. Karen said that she got the computer completely up to date at the last research day. Our next research day is Tuesday, May 16, 10 am to 1 pm.

Karen reported for the Publications and Programs Committee. Programs for 2017 are as follows:
Saturday, June 17, 2017 Wilmington Whiteface Whiskey Run—9:30 am
Saturday, June 29, 2017 Santa’s Workshop Tour (WHS with AARCH) fee for tour $20 WHS & AARCH members, $30 nonmembers—10 am to 1 pm
Friday, July 7, 2017 Remarkable Women of the Adirondacks, Sandra Weber—7 pm at Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC) off Whiteface Highway
Friday, July 21, 2017 “Old Time Religion—Camp Meetings,” Merri Peck and Dan Gould—7 pm at Wilmington Holiness Campground
Wednesday, August 23 “Historic Bridges of the Adirondacks,” Steve Engelhart—7 pm Wilmington Community Center
Saturday, September 9 Festival of Colors—Theme “School Daze,” 10 am to 5 pm, Festival Field

The Whiskey Run has been placed on the Whiteface Lake Placid Venue Calendar. Karen asked Merri to try to find a set of old fashioned wooden school toys for the Festival of Colors display. We will have a couple of school desks.

Nancy Cressey reported for the membership and Nominations Committee that we received seven memberships in April and we have a total of 62 memberships to date for 2017. Karen asked when reminders should be sent out for those who have not renewed. Nancy said she would prefer to do it in June or July. It was mentioned that the membership application on our website is still the one for 2016. Karen will coordinate with Patrick McIntyre to get this updated. Donna and Karen will both review memberships received during April while Nancy was on vacation to make sure the membership list is completely up to date. Karen said Linda Joss-Dyke received the materials from Coasters for a Cause (Great Escape Ticket fundraiser). Our organizations should be listed as a 501(c)3 on their website. Stickers are still being sold and we will have shirts, shot glasses and bags left over from the Whiskey Run to sell. Social media advertising work for the Whiskey Run is being done for free by Sandra Geddes. Adirondack Coast Events is boosting the Whiskey Run to a targeted audience at a cost of $200. So far with the sponsorships have covered all our costs for the race.

Patrick is working on our website. He says he needs a link to PayPal to be able to put the books for sale on the website. Donna will call PayPal and try to get this straightened out. Karen spoke about the Google analytics information provided by Patrick. It appears that 25% of the hits on our website are returning visitors.

Donna said she is awaiting the return of her contact person to determine the status of the nomination of the Methodist Church for the AARCH award. There was nothing new to report on any of the other old business topics.

Karen is gathering the data for the 2016 annual report to New York State. Dave Ruck, the musician who did our concert last year has offered us use of three free videos about the Erie Canal. Karen told us about an upcoming Documentary Heritage Workshop that we may be interested in attending.

Guy moved to adjourn the meeting and Merri seconded his motion. The motion carried unanimously.

Respectfully Submitted,
Nancy Cressey
Wilmington Historical Society


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