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Wilmington Historical Society
Minutes of Meeting
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Wilmington Community Center


Merri Peck
Guy Stephenson
Judy Lawrence
Nancy Cressey
Bob Cressey
Doug Wolfe
Linda Joss-Dyke
Gil Dyke

Merri Peck called the meeting to order at 6:30pm. Our Open Discussion topic was, “Where & How Families Record Their History (ie., Bibles, diaries, samplers, recipe books, death cards, photos, obituaries, keepsakes, etc.).” Merri brought in several old family bibles with examples of family history recorded in them. These records are an important source of information because New York state did not require towns to keep records until 1885. Doug Wolfe pointed out that court records are a good source of information about families also. Doug also brought in a J&J Rogers tax record book which shows property ownership for tracts of land. Merri mentioned that if anyone has old records that pertain to Wilmington, the WHS would like to have a copy of them.

Merri passed out copies of the July minutes and Judy Lawrence moved to approve them as read. Linda Joss-Dyke seconded her motion and all voted in favor. Merri then reviewed the treasurer’s report. Our bank balances as of July 18 are: Operating Account -- $11,828.17, Money Market Account -- 9,050.37, Adirondack Foundation Account -- $51,270.16, Building Fund Transfer Account -- $128.00, Zachay Fund -- $2,000.00, and petty cash -- $100. Guy Stephenson moved to accept the treasurer’s report and Merri seconded the motion. All voted in favor.

Linda said that she has the Gift Tree raffle tickets for anyone who wants to sell some and Donna is taking phone orders for tickets also. Our 2018 membership drive is still underway.

Merri then reported on communications. Thank you letters were sent to Ralph Schissler and Dave Fitz-Gerald for the programs they presented. Both programs were very well attended. A thank you letter was also sent to an individual who wishes to remain anonymous for a $1,000 donation to our building fund.

We had several requests for information. Joseph Grigely asked for photos and information on Elmer Vores who owned “Quaker Lodge” between 1946 and 1980, and also any photos of “The Green Drake Club.” We were not able to find anything about this. Robin Holmes requested historical information and pictures of the Quaker Mountain Ski Area. Karen Peters referred her to the book, Lost Ski Areas of the Adirondacks, by Jeremy K. Davis and also advised her that the WHS has the original interview of Sidney Maxwell which was the basis for the information in the book. Doug also furnished some information in response to this question. There was also a request for information about the Winch family.

Brett Heineman wrote that he will attend the program about the history of Whiteface Mountain. He will have some photos to contribute.

Our next Research Day will be Tuesday, August 21 from 10 am to 1 pm. The Open Discussion for our next meeting will be “Wilmington Area Wildlife Tales.”

Nancy Cressey reported that we have received eight membership renewals since the reminders went out. Our total membership now stands at 156.

Guy went to the craft fair in Westport and brought back information from crafters that we might want to invite to our Heritage Celebration next year. Gil and Linda also attended the craft fair and gathered information for the WHS. Linda reported that more shirts have been sold for the Whiskey Run and we still have some available. The first meeting for next year’s Whiskey Run and Heritage Celebration will be in September. Anyone wishing to volunteer is welcome. Merri agreed to contact all of this year’s crafters and invite them to participate next year. We will solicit any suggestions they may have. It was suggested that we need a place to display race results so the runners can see them.

We will need volunteers for the Festival of Colors to be held September 8th. Judy Lawrence volunteered for the booth. Doug volunteered for set up and take down and Guy volunteered for set up. We need to have an easel with a blank board (white board) at the Festival of Colors.

Cadence Lodge has suggested doing a wine tasting as a fund raiser for the WHS. We need to get more information about this.

We were unable to take advantage of the Ironman Volunteerism Grant because we did not have the required 20 volunteers due to very late notification of the program. We should keep this in mind for next year. We should look into the Essex County Council for the Arts Grant and Lake Champlain Basin also gives grants that we may qualify for.

We discussed the sign for the WHS property and the possibility of a work day on our property to clean it up. Guy said he is looking into getting a tractor to do some clean up and identify the property lines. It was agreed that it is too early to think about any kind of permanent sign and we should limit the cost of any temporary sign to $100-$200. We decided that the Building Committee should meet to decide what needs to be done on the property and set the parameters for a sign.

Guy said that he has been taking photos of the dam and the beach, and also of the medical center construction.

Linda moved to adjourn and Bob seconded her motion. It carried unanimously.

Respectfully Submitted,
Nancy Cressey
Wilmington Historical Society


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