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Wilmington Historical Society
Minutes of ANNUAL Meeting
7:00 PM, Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Wilmington Community Center


Karen Peters
Barbara Mulvey
Doug Wolfe
Guy Stephenson
Merri C. Peck
Peter Yuro
Steve Connor
Marty Connor
Nancy Cressey
Bob Cressey

Karen Peters called the meeting to order. We held our discussion of “Area Hiking Trails and Conservation History.” Upon conclusion of the discussion Karen presented outgoing trustee Steve Connor with a certificate of appreciation and a lifetime membership in recognition of his four years of service to the WHS. We then turned to the business of election of officers. Nominations for the offices were as follows: President – Karen Peters; Vice-president – Merri Peck; Secretary – Nancy Cressey; Trustee – Peter Yuro. Peter Yuro was the only nominee who is not an incumbent, so Karen read a brief biography he had prepared. Peter is a Navy veteran and he is retired from the position of Deputy Chief of Police in Perth Amboy, NJ. He and his family have been coming to Wilmington since 1968 and they now own a home here which they hope to make their permanent residence. Peter is a fisherman, hunter and collector of sporting memorabilia and Wilmington Post Cards. He and his wife ski, canoe, kayak and hike and Peter is also a member of the Wilmington Fish and Game Club and the Tri Lakes Trout Unlimited.

At this point it was determined that there were no additional nominations and Steve Connor offered a motion to close the nominations. Guy Stephenson seconded the motion and it carried unanimously. The vote was held by secret ballot and Marty Connor counted the votes. All nominees were elected unanimously.

Karen called for the secretary’s report. Guy made a motion to accept the May minutes as read and it was seconded by Bob Cressey. The motion carried unanimously.

Bob Cressey gave the treasurer’s report. Our bank balance is $3,475.72. Since the last report we have had expenses of $63.93, including a $50.00 honorarium to Guy for the Iron Mine Tour and $13.93 for flowers for our planter. We had deposits of $35 from memberships. Steve made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report and it was seconded by Guy. All voted in favor.

Karen then discussed communications. We had a note from Joann Zaumetzer referencing the discussion of Post Office history. She said that at one time the Post Office has been located in the basement of the Methodist Church. It was brought to our attention that the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) has a new website calendar of events. Karen emailed them asking if WHS events could be added to their calendar. Their policy is that events must be at an ORDA venue or sponsored by ORDA to be placed on the calendar. Judy Gould sent a thank you for the CD on Wilmington history that we supplied to the library.

Karen sent out a number of thank you notes including one to Jeanne Ashworth for her donated medals, one to the library board for their cooperation and for allowing us to meet in and use the library for display of items over the past four years, and another to the town board for allowing us to place our collections and hold our meetings in the community center. Karen mentioned that she has communicated our schedule and our willingness to be flexible in that regard to the town and the two judges that use the room for court proceedings. Karen also sent thank you notes to Mark Holzer and Marcel Bruce for their efforts in regard to our move to the community center. Karen wrote to Jim Johnston who has a new antique business in town and asked him to keep the WHS in mind if he receives any Wilmington specific items of historical interest. He donated some 1980 Winter Olympic placemats which show a map of the Whiteface ski trails.

Karen reported that Past Perfect updates are available on a CD as well as online. Merri will contact Past Perfect about obtaining the CD. In the event that we purchase a laptop at some point in the future, the updates will be required. The new laptops only come with the Vista operating system and updates to Past Perfect are required to make it compatible.

There was an article in the Lake Placid News about the history of the Wilmington Fire Department. This was published as a result of the CD that Merri gave them after the WHS discussion of Fire Department history.

Karen reported that we presently have 121 paid memberships. Nancy will send email or letter reminders to past members who have not yet paid for this year.

Karen reported that she has been attending meetings of the Wilmington Community Enhancement Council which is an offshoot of the waterfront revitalization group. This council has been discussing the need for a new community center and they are holding a meeting at the town beach, June 7 at 7 PM. They welcome attendance by all interested persons.

Doug reported that he is still working on collecting information about the cannon. He has not yet had a response from the collector that he communicated with. Steve reported that he has not been able to arrange with Terry Avery to look at the gattling gun. He recommended that someone from the town board should be involved with this.

Patrick McIntyre has made numerous updates to our website including adding new links and sample pages from the Wilmington books.

Harold Hinds has indicated that he is considering donation of his library on the Wilmington research project to the WHS in about four years. Karen and Bob Peters will be re-photographing some documents for Dr. Hinds in the Feinberg Library in Plattsburgh. He needs these documents in order to finalize the next book of his series for publication.

Karen passed around copies of the Saranac Lake Visitors Guide which includes a page on Wilmington History. Unfortunately they did not include any of the historical photos that we had provided.

We now have our collection in our new cabinets in the community center, with the exception of some few items that are too tall to fit, like the rifle and the map tubes. The town has given us permission to keep our old cabinet downstairs and Karen advised that we can use it for the oversized items by removing the shelves.

We discussed establishing summer archive hours. Karen proposed four hours per week, from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, plus additional times by appointment. We agreed that this would be a good starting point. We set up the following schedule.

Saturday, June 30  - Merri Peck
Saturday, July 7  - Karen Peters
Saturday, July 14  - Peter Yuro
Saturday, July 21  -
Saturday, July 28  -
Saturday, August 4   -Nancy & Bob Cressey
Saturday, August 11  - Merri Peck
Saturday, August 18   -Peter Yuro
Saturday, August 25   -Karen Peters
Saturday, September 1  -

We will attempt to get additional volunteers to fill in the open dates and we will publicize our new research hours. Doug suggested we look into the possibility of using green thumb workers for filling some of the hours.

The Visitors Bureau is planning to sell banners to Wilmington businesses. The banners will have a space for displaying the name of the business and they will be posted around town on the telephone poles. The consensus was that WHS is not interested in purchasing a banner at this time.

Guy mentioned that he had spoken to Marcel Bruce about mowing around our trailer and Karen said that it had been done. She also said that she had planted some flowers in our barrel.

Doug talked about making some posters to display the information that we have about our cannon so that we can take interested people to see it.

Karen reminded us about the upcoming presentation, “A History of North Country Railroads” by Chris Brescia on Friday, June 15th, 7 PM at the Wilmington Community Center.

Guy moved to adjourn the meeting, Doug seconded the motion and all voted in favor.

Respectfully submitted,
Nancy Cressey


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