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Wilmington Historical Society
Minutes of Meeting
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Wilmington Community Center


Karen Peters
Ellie McAvoy
Joe McAvoy
Jessica Ano
Colden Lawrence
Carter Grady
Cooper Grady
Richard Apelt
Sue Apelt
Ray Bigelow
Denise Perry
Sheree Taylor
Judy Lawrence
Gary Grady
Ceil Stephenson
Guy Stephenson
Donna Griffin
Bruce Huntington
Jeri Wright
Merri C. Peck
Bob Cressey
Nancy Cressey

Karen Peters called the meeting to order at 7 PM. In place of our normal open discussion we viewed two skiing movies. The first was an 18 minute promotional film for Marble Mountain Ski Area, produced in 1951. The second film was a 25 minute promotional film for Whiteface Mountain from 1960. After the films Karen showed a few still pictures of Marble Mountain and then there was a short period for questions and comments.

Karen then opened the business meeting and called for the secretary’s reports for September and October. Bob Cressey made a motion to accept the September minutes as read and his motion was seconded by Jessie Ano. All voted in favor. There was one correction on the October minutes. On the attendance list the name Gary Taylor was corrected to Danny Taylor. Bob moved to accept the October minutes as corrected and Jessie seconded the motion. All voted in favor.

Donna Griffin presented the treasurer’s reports for September and October. Currently we have $10,614.00 in our Adirondack Foundation Account, $3,818.10 in our operating account, $100.00 in the NBT Building fund account and $100.00 in petty cash. Nancy Cressey moved to approve the September report and the motion was seconded by Bob. Merri Peck made a motion to accept the October report and her motion was seconded by Nancy. Discussion then turned to the proposed budget. Karen suggested that we include amounts for the annual Jay News appeal, the Wilmington Children’s Christmas Celebration and the candy for Halloween at the Hall in the budget so we will not have to vote on them every year. It was agreed that we will budget $50 for the Jay News, $50 for the Children’s Christmas party and $75 for Halloween at the Hall.

Karen told us that Freddie Quilla of the Country Bear is having knee surgery. She passed around a get well card for the WHS members to sign. We received an email from Nancy McNabb inquiring whether there were any additions and corrections to her Winch genealogy as a result of the open discussion last month. Karen passed the email along to Judy Lawrence who is also working on the Winch genealogy. Karen emailed photos of the Partridge family headstones, taken by Guy Stephenson, to Priscilla Partridge who had inquired about the condition of the stones.

Judy Lawrence allowed the WHS to make a copy of her Whiteface Mountain scrapbook for our collection. Don and Margaret Dislevy gave us a framed photo and document, “Our Towns.” Donna donated a written copy of an interview she did with Janet Roth and Angie Gargulio about their early experiences and memories of Wilmington campgrounds. John Dreissigacker donated a copy of the 1951 Marble Mountain ski video.

We received a question from Michelle Preston about how Whiteface Mountain got its name. Karen researched this and provided the information which Michelle passed on to the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA). There are a number of stories about how the mountain was named, including a legend about a white stag, the snow and rime ice which covers the top of the mountain for much of the year and the prominent light colored rock of the slides.

Merri reported for the Library, Museum and Historic Sites Committee that she and Donna worked on indexing of the Hinds collection at the last research day. We also worked on the mailing list for our annual Adirondack Foundation appeal letter. The next research day will be Tuesday November 17 from 10AM to 1PM.

Karen reported for the Publications and Programs Committee that our last event of the year will be this Saturday, November 7. Bob and Karen Peters will present, “Exploring Genealogy.” Karen said they will need help for the laptop portion of the program and Bob Cressey said he would be available.

Nancy reported for the Membership and Nominations Committee that we received 11 memberships in September and none in October. Our total membership at this time is 178.

Guy Stephenson was not available for the business meeting to discuss the proposed cemetery preservation workshop. Karen suggested that maybe the Essex County Museum would like to sponsor this workshop.

Nancy reported that Halloween at the Hall drew the largest crowd ever this year. Including the adults there were about a thousand people who came through and all the candy was given out by 6:30. Karen reminded us that we will be stuffing envelopes for our annual appeal Friday, November 6 at 10am at the Community Center and anyone who would like to help is welcome. Nancy reported that our priority mailing list, which includes members and former members, Wilmington property owners, previous donors and program attendees, accounts for 872 labels. We will need to choose 1128 labels from the Jay and Lake Placid lists for a total mailing of 2000. We will keep track of mailing labels used and during the next year we will work on getting the lists into a format that we can edit and print new labels.

Our webmaster Patrick McIntyre will add our books and stickers to our website so they can be ordered through PayPal. Donna will coordinate with Patrick on this and as soon as the site is ready Karen will advertise the books on Jay Community News.

Karen reported that she, Bob Peters, Linda Joss-Dyke and Gil Dyke attended a conservation workshop at the Adirondack History Museum on October 16th. The workshop yielded much valuable information on such things as preservation of artifacts and the best type of lighting for rooms housing collections. Speaker Maggie Bartley gave an informative presentation on how to date photos through fashion. Karen said that she would be a good speaker for a future WHS program. Karen mentioned that we might want to consider a lumbering tour as a future program. We can ask Guy if he would be willing to lead a tour of the virgin stand of timber located off of Bonnieview Road.

Our next meeting will be in January 2016. The audit committee will meet at 6PM prior to the regular meeting. Merri will chair the committee, and Nancy and Jessie will serve as members. Everyone needs to provide Karen with their 2015 volunteer hours at the January meeting.

Donna moved to adjourn the meeting and her motion was seconded by Bob. The motion carried unanimously.

Respectfully Submitted,
Nancy Cressey
Wilmington Historical Society


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