Karen Peters called the meeting to order. We began our open discussion “Wilmington Restaurant History.” Karen showed slides of many restaurants from past times, including the Blue Bowl, Camp Romang, Whiteface Mountain House and Wilmington Inn to name just a few. Doug Wolfe contributed some information about the Castle Restaurant, including photos and an old menu. The Castle Restaurant is New York State’s highest restaurant.
The business meeting began immediately following the discussion. Karen then called for the secretary’s report. Linda Joss-Dyke offered a motion to accept the August meeting minutes as read. The motion was seconded by Gil Dyke and it carried unanimously. Donna Griffin then gave the treasurer’s report. She passed out copies of her report and told us that the current balance in the treasury is $5632.76. Bob Cressey made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report. Linda seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
Discussion turned to communications. Karen sent a thank you to Peter Spring who had inquired about the car sticker sales. She advised him that sales of the stickers are going very well and thanked him again for the idea and for sponsoring the first 200. Karen wrote thank you letters and provided complimentary copies of Wilmington and the Whiteface Region to the following individuals and organizations who provided assistance with photos for the book: Aaron Kellett of ORDA Whiteface; Mark Kurtz, Photographer; Michele Tucker of Saranac Lake Free Library Adirondack Research Room; Alison Haas of the Lake Placid Olympic Museum; and Jay O’Hern, Author. Jay O’Hern sent an email to Doug Wolfe referring him to the Marjorie Lansing Porter Audio Recordings at SUNY Plattsburgh’s Feinburg Library special collections. There are a number of Wilmington recordings which are interesting accounts of the early days in Wilmington. They are available for purchase by private individuals, but we cannot purchase them for the WHS collection. Karen purchased some recordings for her personal collection and has volunteered to let interested persons listen to them. A thank you note was sent to the Adirondack History Center Museum for sending us a copy of the book, A Villager, by Dana Lawrence.
Karen sent an email to Jay O’Hern in response to a query he had about Covert’s Grove and the Seminole Indian Village in Wilmington. She referred him to Barbara Mulvey whose son once worked at the Seminole Village. Another thank you went to Robin Pelkey Lawrence for doing an oral interview relating stories of people in Wilmington. A research request was also received for the Jaquish family.
Our next research night is Tuesday, October 15.
Karen reported for the Publications and Programs Committee that the ORDA publication Flame listed the Wilmington Historical Society as one of the contributors to their new exhibit. Trudy Rosenblum did an article in the Jay Community News promoting our new book. Julie Robards had an article in the Press Republican. In general there has been lots of publicity surrounding the book and our sales have reflected that. Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid sent a note of appreciation for the book signing along with copies of a photo for everyone who was present at that event.
Randy Preston has asked the WHS to write a letter urging the state to proceed with the repair of Whiteface Highway. Doug pointed out that the town has been pursuing this issue based on recreational usage of the highway and we should make the case that there are federal and state agencies using the highway to maintain communications equipment on the mountain. These agencies have not contributed to the upkeep of the highway. Doug will prepare a draft letter and talk to Randy about the issue.
Karen has been in communication with ORDA regarding our upcoming movie night program. Doug will be unable to attend to give the introduction so he suggested that we ask Joe McAvoy to give the introduction. The minimum cost to the WHS for refreshments will be $332.75. The cost may exceed that amount depending on how much popcorn and soda is consumed by the attendees. Karen will be putting out publicity for this event starting in the next few days.. The Lake Placid elementary school project is scheduled for October 10-11. Karen will try to attend to take photos.
Nancy reported for the Membership and Nominations committee that we received 18 memberships in the past month, increasing our membership total to 174.
Discussion then turned to old business. Book sales at the Festival of Colors went very well. We sold about 40 books at that event alone. Joe Shoemaker of ORDA has said he will push to have the book sold in the gift shop at Whiteface. We will also try to have Santa’s Workshop offer the book for sale at the previews. We have a booth to sell books and stickers at the Oktoberfest, October 5-6. Linda and Gil will man the booth on Saturday the 5th. They will meet Karen there at 8 AM for setup. Karen and Bob Peters will man the booth on Sunday, October 6th.
Our website is not yet up to date because the webmaster is still working on computer issues.
Linda reported on our fundraisers. We earned a total of $128.20 from sales of the stickers and the raffle of the Noah John Rondeau painting netted $565. Linda agreed to investigate having ornaments made as a fund raiser for next year. She reported that the Great Escape ticket fundraiser may be held in the fall. We will not participate because it seems unlikely that many people would want to buy tickets so far in advance.
Our booth at the Festival of Colors was a great success. Well over 100 visitors came through our display and all agreed that having the walk through tent worked out very well. Karen reported that Alison Haas of the Olympic Museum would like to work with the WHS and the Lake Placid Historical Society on common interest events.
Donna suggested that we might want to look into getting a professional auditor to audit the WHS account. She will check with Lake Placid and Essex County Historical Societies to find out how they handle their audit requirements.
The Northern New York Library Network is sponsoring a class “Determining Historical Value” on October 24 at the Saranac Lake Free Library. This class is intended to teach participants how to assess the historical significance of records in their collections.
Linda made a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by Gil and it carried unanimously.
Respectfully Submitted, Nancy Cressey Secretary Wilmington Historical Society