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Wilmington Historical Society
Minutes of Meeting
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Wilmington Community Center


Karen Peters
Gilbert Dyke
Linda Joss-Dyke
Doug Wolfe
Barbara Rothman
Merri C. Peck
Jack Wolfe
Donna Griffin

Karen Peters called the meeting to order at 7:00PM and we began our discussion of the “Hidden Messages in Local Quips and Quotes.” Merri Peck began the discussion by stating that this is a “commercial” for the “Emma Hinds Scrapbook 1877-1881,” one of the Wilmington Transcribed Serial Records by Harold Hinds, Jr. The Society also has a copy of the actual news articles fully transcribed and indexed by K.R. Marshall. It is a social “gossip” column as it appeared in the Essex County Republican newspaper. Included in the quotes: “We wish our mail day was Monday, then we should not be a week behind the time,” and “Well, there is no news today, all of the women are cleaning house,” and a quote about an earthquake. Other quips and quotes from other sources included one from Julie Robards who quoted Pete Richardson: “(Seeing) a bear is a sign of healing.”.

At the close of the open discussion Karen called for the secretary’s report. We reviewed the minutes from the meeting of June 4th. Donna moved to accept the minutes as read and Doug seconded. All voted in favor.

We then reviewed the treasurer’s report for July 2nd. At the end of June the Treasurer’s report showed our bank balance at $5,427.73. Merri moved to approve and Doug seconded. All voted in favor.

Karen reported on communications. A thank you was sent to Gordie Little for his educational program “North Country Ghost Stories” held on Friday, June 27th.

There were many research requests for this past month. We supplied author Jeremy Davis information on Quaker Mountain (thanks to Sid Maxwell) and Marble Mountain (thanks to Doug Wolfe) for his book entitled “Lost Ski Areas of the Northern Adirondacks.” Other requests included an information request regarding the Musgrove family genealogy, a request from the Whiteface Highway construction project manager regarding culvert locations, a final request from author Erik Schlimmer for his book “History Inside the Blue Line,” and a request for genealogy research on the Littlejohn family. We also received research information from Baltimore, VT regarding the Lawrence genealogy.

Our next research times at the community center are Friday, July 11th from 10:00 am – 12noon and Tuesday, July 15th from 6pm-9pm.

Karen reported for the Publications and Programs Committee. Our next program will be “Boats and Boating in the Adirondacks” to be held on Friday, July 11th with speaker Hallie Bond which is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities’ Speakers in the Humanities program. The following program is “Between This World and the Next: the Adirondack Regiment/118th New York Volunteers” held on Wednesday, July 30th with Sharp Swan and re-enactor Phil Jackson. Both programs will be held at the Wilmington Community Center at 7 pm.

Nancy reported for the Membership and Nominations Committee. Reminders to those who haven’t renewed will be sent out in August.

The Building Committee met Wednesday, June 11th to revise plans for the proposed building. Estimates will follow. Linda Joss-Dyke reported on fundraisers. Great Escape tickets final count is not in yet due to the new online purchases which are not recorded yet. Linda will continue to check on car sticker sales. We discussed what kind of raffle we might have at the Festival of Colors. We decided upon a silent auction. The WHS theme for the Festival of Colors is “History of Tourism in Wilmington”. Set-up, volunteers and times to work were established, as well as a list of items needed for the set up. Linda is also looking into getting a print-shop to print our Adirondack Foundation Acorn Account appeal envelopes and will report her findings next meeting. We need to be thinking about incentives for levels of giving as well.

The WHS website is being brought up to date as we enable our members and customers to do business with us online through PayPal. It will enable members to renew their membership and customers to purchase books with a few clicks of a mouse. Donna Griffin and Patrick McIntyre are working together on this project.

Our annual WHS newsletter was mailed. Members should be receiving them soon.

The two new Wilmington series books (Harold Hinds, Jr.) are now available, “Wills, Guardianships and Probates”, Vol. 22 covers the years 1829-1879. Vol. 23 covers 1880-1900.

Permission was received from ORDA to be able to take photos of the Whiteface Highway construction. Those on the list to take photos are Doug Wolfe, Guy Stephenson, Gil Dyke and Ed Griffin. Karen has taken photos of the stone bridge. Others are encouraged to do the same before the reconstruction begins next year.

We received notice that the Documentary Heritage Program will be changed in the near future. Our museum and archives affiliates will keep us up to date on the changes.

Doug moved to adjourn and Merri seconded. All voted in favor.

Respectfully Submitted,
Karen Peters, Pres.
Wilmington Historical Society
(In the absence of our Secretary)


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