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Wilmington Historical Society
Minutes of Meeting
7:00 PM, Monday, August 1, 2007
Wilmington Community Center


Karen Peters
Nancy Cressey
Wendy Hall
Peter Yuro
Doug Wolfe
Bob Cressey
Guy Stephenson
Barbara Mulvey

Karen Peters called the meeting to order. We held our discussion of “History of the AuSable River, West Branch, (fishing, swimming, boating, ice skating, dam, industry, High Falls Gorge, Wilmington Notch).” Upon conclusion of the discussion Karen called for the Secretary’s report. Guy Stephenson made a motion to accept the July minutes as read and it was seconded by Bob Cressey. The motion carried unanimously.

Bob gave the treasurer’s report. Our bank balance is $3,895.05. During the last month we had deposits totaling $40 from memberships and expenses of $158.13 for archival supplies. Peter Yuro made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report and it was seconded by Doug Wolfe. All voted in favor.

We then discussed communications. With Steve Connor’s assistance we fulfilled a request from Ron Miner for a copy of an article which he had authored. Thank you notes were sent to Steve Connor and Ron Miner. Thank you notes were also sent to those individuals who have served as archivists during our scheduled research hours in the past month. We sincerely appreciate the time and effort given by those people who are enabling us to give better research access to the public.

Karen prepared a press release entitled “New Home for Wilmington Historical Society” which resulted in a photo in the Press Republican and a photo and story in the Valley News. Essex County provided us with a CD containing Wilmington tax assessments for 1850. We also received a copy of an old Wilmington tourism brochure from Bobby Hearn.

Karen reported for the Library, Museum and Historical Sites Committee. She and Merri have not yet had time to meet. Karen has emailed Jeanne Ashworth a request to coordinate the WHS disaster plan with the town’s plan. Karen also said that we obtained forms for museums and archives free from the Documentary Heritage Program as a benefit of our Upstate History Alliance membership.

Nancy and Bob Cressey are scheduled to serve as archivists at the next scheduled archive hours on Saturday. Merri will be contacting Past Perfect about updates for our software. Karen reported for the Publications and Programs Committee that she sent out a press release for tonight’s meeting as well as one for Friday’s presentation on “The Life of a Civil War Soldier” by Matt George. She also mentioned that the Valley News article about our new home for the WHS was especially informative because they took the time to contact us for additional information as a result of the press release.

On August 24 Marty Podskoch will give a presentation on the history and lore of CCC camps in the Adirondacks. Karen also informed us that Marty has a new book out of Adirondack Stories.

Doug reported that the Visitor’s Bureau has put out a cycling map of Wilmington which we could enhance from a historical point of view.

Nancy Cressey reported for the Membership and Nominations Committee that we received two memberships in the past month.

Karen reported for the Visitor’s Bureau that they are currently focusing on the Festival of Colors and we need to get our information to them by August 15th. The Visitors Bureau is also looking for some interesting history facts to put on their website. Karen asked Doug to see if he could come up with something for them.

Karen reported on the last Wilmington Community Enhancement Council (WCEC) meeting that she attended. The New York State Police are looking for a new building with more space and may be interested in a shared space in a new community center. This would provide the town with a possible avenue of some state funding for a new building. The committee envisions constructing a green building which would be more efficient and cost effective to operate. They still need more community involvement.

There was nothing new to report on the cannon or our website. The Wilmington books will be available for sale at Friday evening’s program. Karen then discussed the Virtual Reality Coupon program. The coupons have not been going too quickly. She believes that we can make some changes to eliminate some confusion. Instead of coupons for two persons at $9.00 we will print discount tickets for one person at $5 each. Also, it might be more effective to put the tent cards describing the discount ticket program in every Wilmington motel room, rather than just at the front desks. When people are checking in they are too busy to read promotional material and they would be more likely to see the tent cards if they are placed in the rooms. This idea will be presented to the Visitor’s Bureau.

Karen then talked about the Festival of Colors. Robert Schneider will not be able to role play the Irish immigrant character this year. The violin player that Karen contacted wants a tent and she also is requesting a fee. Sid Ward may be able to sell his cutting boards for us again, but if he does he would have to leave an hour or so early due to other commitments. We discussed several possible topics for a new display, including historical plans for Wilmington development and the 1850 tax assessments, Whiteface Highway construction, and AuSable River history. We need to decide on a topic by August 15th. Doug mentioned that next year ORDA will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the ski center. Skiing history would be a good topic for us to look at for next year.

Karen pointed out the card holders and display racks that she purchased for the material in our cabinets.

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

Respectfully submitted,
Nancy Cressey


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