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Wilmington Historical Society
Minutes of Meeting
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Wilmington Community Center

Karen Peters
Doug Wolfe
Guy Stephenson
Donna Griffin
Marc du Bois
Pat du Bois
Linda Joss-Dyke
Gilbert Dyke
Bob Cressey
Nancy Cressey
Jess Ano

Karen Peters called the meeting to order and our open discussion on “Wilmington Campground History” began with Karen showing some slides of the KOA. Pat du Bois shared some of her experiences while working there during the 1980 Olympics. Donna Griffin shared stories about how her father purchased the campground now known as the North Pole Campground and she also related some of the history of the campground. There was also some interesting discussion about the history of the state campground. Previously known as White Birch Campground and The Birches, Wilmington Notch Campground is one of the oldest campgrounds in the New York state system. Guy Stephenson mentioned that the town beach was also a campground at one time.

At the close of the discussion the business meeting commenced and Karen called for the secretary’s report. Guy moved to accept the minutes as read and Gil Dyke seconded her motion. The motion passed unanimously. Donna Griffin presented the treasurer’s report. Our operating fund balance is $2,006.56 and the Wilmington Historical Society Ruth and Thomas Keegan Memorial History Center Fund (formerly the building fund) account balance is $19,979. We have $100 in the building fund transfer account and $100 in petty cash. Guy made a motion to accept the report and his motion was seconded by Gil. All voted in favor.

The next item for discussion was communications. Karen Norwood of Adirondack Architectural Heritage sent an email thanking the WHS for its efforts concerned with the Santa’s Workshop tour. We received notice of a lecture about Doc Goff on September 18 at 2pm. We had requests for raffle tickets from several people and Robert Sturges sent a story about his dog in response to the flyer about the program, “Dog Days.” We received a thank you email from Sadie Hozley for our donation of snacks and prizes to the Wilmington Town Get Together and another from the town for donating to the summer Thursday evening concerts at the town beach. We received a request for a donation to the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge. Karen sent a thank you letter to Hallie Bond for her program, “Dog Days: Stories of Dogs in the Adirondacks.”

Next item for discussion was Acquisitions and Research. Guy advised us that Bob Jones of Lake Placid told him that he has a painting of the Wilmington Bridge by Doc Fitzgerald that he wishes to donate to the WHS. Karen will contact Mr. Jones about the painting. We received several photographs including one of the Bliss Farm and one of a rock on top of Whiteface with the name Asa Lawrence painted on it. Jeri Wright also contributed some photos. Doug Wolfe contributed a photo of Hays Cottage. Marc du Bois donated some Boy Scout memorabilia, including two lists of scouts from Troop 24 and a large wall chart. Donna made a motion to purchase the book about dating photos from fashion and Doug seconded the motion. All voted in favor.

Karen reported for the Library, Museum and Historical Sites Committee that our next research day will be Tuesday, September 20 from 10 am to 1 pm. Marc du Bois reported that he did some measurements of the club house. The ceiling is collapsing from leaks in the roof. He would like us to place a historical marker and assist with getting grants for restoration. The Essex County Historical Society and the WHS are co-sponsoring a Cemetery Conservation Workshop which will be held Friday, October 14 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Adirondack History Museum in Elizabethtown. The speaker at the workshop will be Joe Ferrannini, a conservator of Grave Stone Matters. He will speak on conservation and restoration issues and take attendees to the Riverside Cemetery to demonstrate practical techniques. Cost to attend the workshop is $20 for WHS and ECHS members and town historians, and $25 for all others. WHS is contributing $300 toward sponsoring the workshop. The town of Wilmington will pay for employees who are members of the cemetery committee to attend. Guy reported that he obtained a gallon of D2 Biologic which is a cleaner recommended by Mr. Ferrannini for all types of headstones. Bob Peters used it to clean the Rollin Marshall headstone.

Karen reported for the Publications and Programs Committee. The “Dog Days” program was well done but not too well attended. Karen wrote an article for the town newsletter.

Nancy Cressey reported for the Membership and Nominations Committee that our total membership for 2016 now stands at 174. Two renewals were received during August.

Linda Joss-Dyke reported on fundraising. She asked all those present to bring stubs and money for any raffle tickets sold to the Festival of Colors on Saturday. Michele Preston has asked us to help with registration for the 102 Club Dinner. We will have the registration forms at our booth on Saturday. We still need to arrange a meeting with Karen Glass for the Whiskey Run. Donna suggested that we pre-wrap some of our books as Christmas gifts to encourage sales for the holidays. Two of the 102 Club books were sold at the Visitor Center. The raffle at the Festival of Colors will be held at 4 pm. Linda said that they sent in photos for a calendar, but they did not feel that the initial result was acceptable. If changes cannot be made in time we will use it for a future fundraiser. Linda said they also discussed doing family photos in historical costume by a professional photographer. We still have two boxes of chips left over from the dance series. Linda will ask Michele if we can sell them at the Festival of Colors. Karen mentioned that Whiteface may be willing to pay for volunteers to set up booths at the Oktoberfest. We might be interested in having a booth if the WHS receives a donation. Based on past experience it is not worth our time otherwise. Karen said there is a lot of enthusiasm for the Whiskey Run. She talked to the Grist Mill distillers about supporting it, and also to Bob Hockert. He suggested that he can make small kegs and wooden barrel ends with a logo as medals. Roy Holzer offered to donate the T-shirts. A special planning meeting will be set up for mid-October and the run will be held in June or July 2017.

Harold Hinds pointed out that we are not offering all the Wilmington series books for sale on our website. Karen replied to him that we do offer all of the series and we are in the process of getting the website corrected and updated. She has sent instructions to our webmaster to set up a link as a “bookstore” with photos and prices of everything we sell, including all the books and the car stickers. Everything will be available through PayPal.

The 102 Club Dinner will be held October 6th at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center Cloudspin Lounge.

Doug Wolfe reported that the repair on the trailer has failed. It is leaking and part of the floor is rotting and needs to be replaced. It may not be worth the cost to repair the trailer, but we need either to repair it or find another place to store the Gatling gun and the glass showcase cabinet. Doug will follow up with the town on this, since the Gatling gun belongs to the town and not the WHS.

Karen reported that our computer has been repaired and is now able to go online. As soon as all the files are loaded back on the computer it will be up and running.

Donna asked Karen if anyone had talked to Jane Peck in the quest for information about the Partridge property. Donna will talk to her. Donna also mentioned that she has seen two old millstones lying on the ground in Ausable Acres. The millstones have been there for a long time and might be a good acquisition for the WHS since Wilmington had mills. Donna will follow up to find out who the millstones belong to and if there is any possibility that we could get one.

Donna moved to adjourn and her motion was seconded by Gil. The motion carried unanimously.

Respectfully Submitted,
Nancy Cressey
Wilmington Historical Society


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