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Wilmington Historical Society
Minutes of Meeting
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Wilmington Community Center


Karen Peters
Doug Wolfe
Guy Stephenson
Barbara Rothman
Barbara Mulvey
Nancy Cressey
Bob Cressey
Bob Larson
Dona Larson
Maurice Fletcher
Kathleen LeClair
Linda Joss-Dyke
Gilbert Dyke
Merri Peck

The meeting was called to order at 7:08 and began with our open discussion of Wilmington Memorials. Karen Peters began the discussion by showing a photo of a memorial to the pastors who rode the church circuits, preaching in various locations throughout the area. The subjects of some of the other Wilmington memorials included the E.M. Cooper Library, Lake Everest, the dam and the Louis Olliffe memorial on Hardy Road. We shared some stories about Frank Everest and discussion about the Whiteface Memorial Highway. During the discussion Maurice Fletcher was asked to recount his experience of falling through the ice back around 1939. Guy Stephenson reminded us that the town cemeteries contain some important and historic memorials to noteworthy Wilmington citizens.

The business meeting commenced at 8:14. Karen called for the secretary’s report and Guy Stephenson offered a motion to accept the April minutes as read. Doug Wolfe seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Karen then gave the Treasurer’s report. Our previous balance was $6099.23. During the month we spent $99 on updated Past Perfect software, $17.60 on stamps, $200.79 on archival supplies and $225 on the Inland Marine portion of our insurance. We had income of $25 from memberships which gave us a balance of $5581.84 at the end of the month. Karen mentioned that the insurance bill of $225 was only for part of our insurance. We did not receive the bill for the other portion but she contacted the insurance agency and we should receive it shortly.

Karen told us about an article in the Northern New York Library Network (NNYLN) newsletter about a repository of digital images on the NNYLN website, history.nnyln.net.

We had no new acquisitions for the month.

Karen reported that Bruce Huntington had contacted her in April and requested photos of Arts and Crafts buildings in Wilmington. Karen was able to give him several photos of Wilmington buildings of that era.

RP Sturges contacted Karen about a photo of a group taken in the 40’s and he identified some people in the photo. He said that his grandmother had operated the White Birch Tea Room and he also spoke of being an observer for the aircraft warning station in Wilmington during World War II. Mr. Sturges requested a map of Wilmington and Karen said she was surprised to find that there was no map on the Visitors’ Bureau website. She has contacted the Visitors’ Bureau to get this situation corrected.

Karen provided Jeri Wright with a photo of the Olney Hotel. She wants to use the photo to do a painting. The building that was the Olney Hotel later became the Homestead, then the Wilmington Inn, then the Falcon’s Nest and finally the Cloudspin Inn.

There was nothing new to report for the Library, Museum and Historical Sites Committee. Our next archiving session will be Tuesday May 18th from 6-9PM during our research hours. We need volunteers to assist with archiving and indexing of the Myrtle Gowan collection.

Karen reported for the Publications and Programs Committee that the Wilmington town newsletter was published during the past month. The newsletter contains articles about the WHS and the restoration of the Whiteface Highway as well as a photo of Merri Peck and her husband Joe at the Annual Newcomer’s Dinner. Merri was honored as Wilmington’s citizen of the year at the dinner. Karen passed out a list of the programs for 2010. They are:

a. June 18th Andy Flynn, Adirondack Artifact Night
b. July 9th Santa’s Workshop, Part III—Robert Reiss
c. July 30th Amy Godine, Adirondack Historian need topic, discuss possiblilies
d. Aug 20th Keith Herkalo, Battles at Plattsburgh
e. Sep 11th Festival of Colors—Theme: Wilmington History on Sep 11th
f. Oct ? Archives Month—need a name—Maps, Blueprints, Documents Karen presented four possible topics for the program to be given by Amy Godine. They were:
a. Adirondack Vigilanteism—“Have You Seen that Vigilante Man?,”
b. People’s History of Adirondack Railroading
c. Ethnic Diversity of the Adirondacks
d. How the Adirondacks got its Face (public image)

After some discussion the consensus was “Have You Seen that Vigilante Man?” The Archives Month Program will focus on historical Wilmington maps, documents and blueprints. Gilbert Dyke suggested “X Marks the Spot” as a program title. We still need to select a date for this event.

Linda Joss-Dyke reported for the Membership and Nominations Committee that we received three more memberships in the past month. Nominations are open for the election of officers in June.

Karen passed out copies of the proposed 2010 Action Plan which we reviewed and discussed. Linda will revise the plan as discussed.

Karen mentioned that she talked to Jan Betters. At this time Jan Betters is not able to locate or provide photos or the newspaper collection that the WHS would like to acquire.

Discussion turned to new business. Karen stated that she needs a four drawer cabinet to replace the two drawer cabinet that she is currently using for WHS files. Doug agreed to deliver one on Saturday and take back the two drawer cabinet.

The NNYLN is having its annual meeting and mini-conference on Thursday May 20 at the Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid. Karen will be attending.

We talked about the TV show, “Who Do You Think You Are?” This show explores the genealogical roots of some well known people. We might be able to use this program as a means to get people interested in exploring their own ancestry. Karen will send out an email prior to the airing of the show and invite everyone to come to our research hours to see what they can learn about themselves.

Guy made a motion to adjourn the business meeting and Doug seconded it. All voted in favor.

Respectfully Submitted,
Nancy Cressey
Wilmington Historical Society


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