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Wilmington Historical Society
Minutes of Meeting

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Wilmington Community Center

Karen Peters
Linda Joss-Dyke
Gil Dyke
Guy Stephenson
Merri Peck
Judy Lawrence
Jess Ano
Robert Cressey
Nancy Cressey
Susan Albert
Steve Albert

Karen Peters called the meeting to order at 6:30pm. We began our open discussion “Wilmington Area General Stores and Markets.” Karen showed slides of a number of stores around Wilmington and talked some about the history of each of the locations. Guy Stephenson had a list of grocery stores and Judy Lawrence had some photos to share.

Election of officers was the next order of business. Positions being voted on include president, vice-president, secretary and one trustee position, that currently held by Jess Ano. All the incumbents for these positions were nominated at the last meeting. There were no additional nominations and Guy made a motion to close the nominations. Gil Dyke seconded his motion and it carried unanimously. Karen passed out paper ballots and the vote was held. The incumbents for all positions were unanimously reelected.

Karen said she has been working on the Annual Report but it is not yet complete. She said she will send it out by email for comments and asked that we review and vote to accept it as is or suggest changes so it can go out this month.

Karen called for the secretary’s report. Gil moved to accept the minutes as read and Guy seconded his motion. All voted in favor.

Karen presented the treasurer’s report for Donna Griffin. Most of the expenses in the past month have been for the Whiskey Run. Our bank balances as of June 6, 2018 are: Operating account - $4,829.95, Money market - $7,950.37, Building transfer account - $128.00, Petty cash - $100.00, Adirondack Foundation - $51,092.51. Guy then made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report and Gil seconded the motion. All voted in favor.

Karen then reported on communications. She sent out thank you letters to all our sponsors for the Whiskey Run. We received through Pat Winch a several page documentation of experiences at the 1980 Olympics by a Dr. Vacaro. Research inquiries for the month included questions about the Gaines/Monroe family which Merri Peck addressed, and a question on “shagged or buffed” mittens which Guy researched and answered. Our next research day will be Tuesday, June 19 from 10 AM to 1 PM.

Karen reported for the Publications and Programs Committee that Andy Flynn of the Lake Placid News wants one historical photo per month to put in the newspaper. Guy suggested that we provide him photos relating to our discussion topic for the month. The postcards for the Wilmington Whiteface Heritage Celebration went out to postal customers in Wilmington. We have paid ads and an article in the ADK Sports publication for April and May. There was an article in the Lake Placid News about Dave Fitz-Gerald’s fund raising walk from Plattsburgh to Lake Placid. Guy Stephenson led an Iron Mine Tour Hike on May 12th. PR for the Whiskey Run was publicized via newspapers, radio, social media, Jay Community News, posters and flyers. Our student program in cooperation with Lake Placid Elementary School will be on June 6, 7, 8, 11, 12 and 14. Students will be given artifacts to research and describe and do a poster about what they learned. Our next program will be “In the Shadow of a Giant,” by author Dave Fitz-Gerald on Friday, June 29th at the Wilmington Community Center. Karen then told us about one of the events which will take place during the Heritage Celebration. There will be a procession to Pleasant View Cemetery where a military ceremony will be held at the graveside of Stephen Partridge, a hero of the Battle of Plattsburgh.

Linda Joss-Dyke reported on fund raising. She told us that State Police Troop B will be at the Heritage Celebration with a display. Guy showed us an artifact that came from the Maxwell House. It is a fruit/grain press that would have been used to make wine or rye whiskey. The press is now in the possession of the thrift shop and they want to sell it. It will be at the WHS display at the Heritage Celebration and the thrift shop has agreed to give any amount in excess of $250 to the WHS if it is sold.

Jess is working on the volunteer list for the Whiskey Run and Heritage Celebration. We still need a photographer. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own camera to take photos also.

Patrick McIntyre has been working on our website and it is greatly improved. Guy mentioned that the Rededication of Whiteface Highway will take place on this Sunday at noon.

New business includes the NY State Annual Report, which Karen is currently working on, and the project with the school children which will take place this month.

Guy moved to adjourn the meeting and Gil seconded his motion. All voted in favor.

Respectfully Submitted,
Nancy Cressey
Wilmington Historical Society


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