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Wilmington Historical Society
Minutes of Meeting
Wednesday August 7, 2013
Wilmington Community Center

Merri C. Peck
Doug Wolfe
Donna Griffin
Barbara Rothman
Nancy Cressey
Bob Cressey

Merri Peck called the meeting to order. We began our open discussion on the “History of Medical Services—Doctors, EMTs and Ski Patrol.” Doug Wolfe gave us some history on Dr. Hans Sowka, the longest serving physician in Wilmington. He also told us some stories about Dr. Goff of Keene Valley Hospital. Ron McKenzie organized a ski patrol locally prior to the existence of the National Ski Patrol. Merri passed around Dr. E. A. Robinson’s Receipt Book of the Wilmington book series. Charges for doctor visits were mostly between 25 cents and two dollars. She also passed around the two volumes of Wilmington newspaper transcriptions which contain many medical references.

The business meeting began immediately following the discussion. Merri then called for the secretary’s report. Doug offered a motion to accept the July meeting minutes with one minor correction. In paragraph three the word “camp” is replaced with “farm.’ The motion was seconded by Bob and it carried unanimously. Donna then gave the treasurer’s report. She presented three separate reports which she generated with Quick Books software, Profit and Loss Year to Date Comparison, Check Detail and Deposit Detail. Since these formats are new to us she asked for input as to whether anything needed to be added to the report. Our current bank balance is $2080.16. This is lower than it has been in some time because we purchased 200 books from Arcadia publishing. As we sell the books our bank balance should come back up quickly. Bob Cressey made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report. Nancy Cressey seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

Discussion turned to communications. Karen Peters sent a number of thank you notes to the following people:

1) Suzanne Switzer for donating the painting of Noah John Rondeau to be raffled as a fundraiser for the WHS
2) Margaret Horn for her program on “Native Americans of the Adirondacks”
3) Steve Hall for his presentation “Wolves, Dogs and Coy Wolves: An Evolutionary History”
4) Sharp Swan for his program, “A History of Adirondack Guides”

Karen also sent a letter to Harold Hinds granting him a lifetime membership in the Wilmington Historical Society in recognition of his outstanding work and contribution in the form of the Town of Wilmington, Essex County, New York Transcribed Serial Records series. We received an email from Suzanne Switzer asking about how the raffle is going. Karen sent an email to Peter Spring to let him know that the car sticker fundraiser he sponsored is now underway.

We had no Acquisitions in the past month. Karen had a request from Jay O’Hern for a photo of Covert’s Grove. Since we do not have one in our collection she sent the request out to the community via the Jay Community News. Doug handled a family request for his great grandfather Wolfe. He was able to find a headstone in Franklin Falls. Karen received a request from Marie Winch through Tina Preston. She found a copy of the Declaration of Independence with 1976 stamp cancellations. She was interested to find out where the document had come from.

The Library, Museums and Historical Sites Committee had nothing new to report.

Merri reported for the Publications and Programs Committee that Lora Bushy wrote an excellent article in the July 12th Lake Placid News that talked about how the WHS meeting discussion stirred memories of Wilmington’s summer residents and their impact on the town. Karen sent out press releases and flyers for our programs on “Wolves, Dogs and Coy Wolves” and “A History of Adirondack Guides.” Karen also has sent out press releases and flyers about our newly published book, Wilmington and the Whiteface Region and the events surrounding the launch of the new book. She has also publicized the upcoming film program, “Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt Visits the North Country and Inaugurates Whiteface Highway Project, September 11, 1929.” Ginny Crispell has been doing an excellent job of creating flyers and posters for all of our events.

Nancy reported for the Membership and Nominations committee that the annual membership reminders went out recently. As a result of the reminders we received four renewals in the past month, increasing our membership total to 136. Nancy also reported that we had purchased new membership cards to reflect the new treasurer’s name and we have discovered a printing error on about half of the cards. We will ask for replacement cards.

Discussion then turned to old business. The first topic discussed was the Arcadia book. We are having three events to promote the book. The first will be August 16th at the Community Center from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Most of the eleven authors of the book will be present for book signing and refreshments will be provided by the Country Bear Bakery for the event. The second event will be a book signing at Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid from 3:00 to 5:00 PM on Sunday, September 1st. Finally, we will be selling the book at the WHS booth at the Festival of Colors on Saturday, September 14th. Arcadia Publishing has provided us with five free author copies of the book. Since there are eleven authors we talked about what should be done regarding the free copies. After a short discussion Nancy made a motion that we should provide one free copy of the book to each author or author couple, amounting to eight free copies to be distributed. The WHS will absorb the cost of the three extra copies. Doug seconded the motion and it was unanimously approved.

Tickets are on sale for the raffle of the Noah John Rondeau painting and the car stickers are now on sale at three locations, The Candy Man, Up a Creek Restaurant/Great Outdoors Gift Shop, and North Pole resorts Gift Shop. Other merchants may be added in the near future.

Our website has been updated to advertise the three upcoming book launch events.

We need volunteers for the Festival of Colors. Donna offered to take the second half of the day and Bob and Nancy plan to be there for most of the day.

Our next meeting will be September 4th.

Doug made a motion to adjourn the meeting. It was seconded by Bob and all voted in favor. Respectfully Submitted, Nancy Cressey
Wilmington Historical Society


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