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Wilmington Historical Society
Minutes of Meeting
7:00 PM, Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Wilmington Community Center


Karen Peters
Doug Wolfe
Guy Stephenson
Merri C. Peck
Barbara Rothman
Dawn Stevens
Lora Bushy
Nancy Cressey
Bob Cressey

Karen Peters called the meeting to order at 7:08 PM. We then held our open discussion on “Stores and Shops in Wilmington”. At the conclusion of the discussion the business meeting commenced at 8:07. Karen called for the secretary’s report. Guy Stephenson moved to accept the October minutes as read and Merri Peck seconded the motion. It carried unanimously.

Bob Cressey gave the Treasurer’s report. Our current balance is $6,294.79. In the past month we had total income of $10 from one new membership. Our expenses totaled $105.22, the entire amount being for archival supplies. Doug Wolfe made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report and it was seconded by Merri. All voted in favor.

Our annual budget meeting will be January 6. Bob Cressey will prepare a proposed budget and have it ready prior to the meeting. The audit committee will also meet on January 6 just prior to the regular meeting at 6:15. Audit committee members are Merri, Guy and Doug.

Karen reported on Communications. We received an email from Lee Manchester informing us that two “Deserted Village” source anthologies are now available on the web at http://stores.lulu.com/DesertedVillage. The first anthology, “Tales from the Deserted Village,” contains first-hand 19th century accounts of visits to the McIntyre ironworks settlement in the town of Newcomb, explorations of Indian Pass and the High Peaks, and the Adirondack club colony. The second anthology, “Annals of the Deserted Village,” contains surveys of the McIntyre ironworks venture, histories, and reports of the McNaughton Cottage and surviving old Tahawus Club buildings. Both anthologies can be downloaded free in searchable PDF format. They are also available in paperback.

Georgia Young Murphy sent an email announcing the Adirondack Genealogy and Historical Society of Saranac Lake business and organizational meeting held October 13.

The WHS sent a sympathy card to Jan Betters for the loss of her husband Fran Betters.

We received the Capital District Civil War Roundtable newsletter.

We had one acquisition during the past month—a flag commemorating the 400th anniversary celebration for Lake Champlain which was held earlier this year.

Doug mentioned that he has some first day issue stamps from the North Pole that he would like to donate.

There were two research requests in the past month. One was a query about tintypes. The second was about old cars on Whiteface. Doug has some information on this topic and will respond.

The Library, Museum and Historic Sites Committee had nothing new to report this month.

Karen reported for the Publications and Programs Committee that the town newsletter was published during the past month. The children’s program by author Kate Messner will be held at Lake Placid Middle School for grades 6, 7 and 8. The class will focus on writing and history with an emphasis on the quadricentennial. The WHS is sponsoring one class at a cost of $300 and the idea has been so well received by the school that they are now seeking funding for an additional class. Since we are a small organization with budget limitations it was agreed that perhaps another organization could be found to sponsor the second class.

Nancy Cressey reported for the Membership and Nominations Committee that we received one new membership since the last meeting. We now have a total of 153 members.

Due to the fact that Bob and Nancy Cressey will be out of the area for several months, Linda Joss-Dyke has agreed to assume the secretarial duties for that period. Nancy will meet with Linda and familiarize her with the processes and records. Bob will continue to keep the treasurer’s records and report via email.

We decided to meet on January 19th at the Community Center to prepare our new membership brochure.

The Wilmington Community Enhancement Council (WCEC) is now in possession of the report that Joe Swinyer provided concerning the space requirements of the WHS for the new Community Center. Karen reported that the WCEC has dropped the idea of a large banquet hall in the facility, but all the other organizations’ space requirements have been kept. They are now looking into completely redoing the existing building and they are asking that more research be done on funding.

The Whiteface Visitors’ Bureau is again holding a Christmas party on December 10. Karen will attend and one other WHS member can attend without charge.

Karen reported that she finally received a response from Dave Palmquist in reference to our permanent charter application. He has asked for an update of our accomplishments which Karen is providing. The next step will be his site visit. The date of the site visit is yet to be determined.

Karen said that she has almost finished gathering 1930’s photos of Wilmington for the Mountain Lake PBS TV broadcast on Fran Betters. Doug said he has a few more to contribute.

Karen told us about an email she received from the Visitors Bureau concerning an opportunity to help the Adragna family. Louie and Sarah Adragna became the parents of triplets on October 23rd. The babies were born several weeks prematurely and weighed in at only about 1 ½ pounds each. Though the babies are doing well Louie and Sarah will encounter many expenses during the months ahead with traveling and staying in Burlington to be near their new babies. Louie is the current fire chief of Wilmington and has always been willing to help those in need. Anyone who wishes to show their support and contribute to the family can do so by contacting any of the following individuals by November 16.

Shirley Lawrence 946-7174 or 946-1282
Roy Holzer 946-2274
Chris Kostoss 946-7985

Karen wrote to Margaret Gibbs concerning the Oral History materials. She was unable to attend the workshop but we would like to obtain the materials if possible because we have already started doing oral histories. Karen has done two interviews to date with Sidney Maxwell and Maurice Fletcher.

There will be a Documentary Heritage Program Basics of Archives workshop given Friday, November 13 from 10:00 to 4:00 in Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls. The workshop is intended for people who work with historical records but are not trained archivists.

Karen received an email from Julie Robinson Robards. Julie is doing research on Santa’s Workshop and intends to write a book. She would like to work with the WHS toward the goal of documenting, organizing and photographing the collection of artifacts at Santa’s Workshop and she will need funding for this project. She asked if we are aware of any organizations to which she can apply for a grant. Karen forwarded the email to Margaret Gibbs who suggested the Honeybee Community Fund and the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks as possible sources for grants. Doug suggested International Paper as another source and Barbara Rothman suggested the Reiss Foundation.

Guy made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:06 PM. Merri seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,
Nancy Cressey


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