Karen Peters called the meeting to order at 7:12 and began with our open discussion of “Disasters in Wilmington.” We viewed some photos of a plane crash that happened in 1928. A biplane crashed into the Nazarene Church and spectators carried off pieces of the plane as souvenirs. Another plane crash occurred behind Santa’s Village. It was a Canadian military training flight. Also discussed were floods, fires, vehicle accidents and the Ice Storm of 1998.
Immediately following the discussion Karen called for the secretary’s report for January. A spelling correction was made in the second paragraph and in paragraph four the line reading “…an amount of $1000” was changed to read “…an amount of $800.” Guy Stephenson made a motion to accept the minutes as corrected and it was seconded by Bob Cressey. The motion passed unanimously.
Karen then asked for the Treasurer’s report. Bob reported that our bank balance is $5,347.48. During the past month we had expenses of $237, including $44 for postage and $193 for preparation of our membership brochures by the UPS store. We had income of $10 from a membership renewal. Guy made a motion to accept the report and it was seconded by Doug. All voted in favor. Karen handed out copies of our budget which was adopted at the last meeting. The audit committee report was tabled until next month due to the absence of the committee chairman Merri Peck. Karen reminded us that the IRS Form 990 is due in April. Bob will prepare that form.
Karen mentioned that Andy Flynn gave the WHS a box of archive safe tissues which we can use for the preservation of old documents. In the past month Karen requested and again received permission from the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) to offer a free admission to the Whiteface toll road as an incentive for this year’s membership drive. Bridget Hinman of ORDA told Karen that they have some photos to donate to the WHS. Robert Sturges communicated a question to Karen asking where the people of Wilmington used to cut ice for their ice boxes. Guy said they used Asher Winch Pond and Cordwell Pond among others. Karen will pass this information along. ORDA requested and used with credit to WHS a couple of photos from our website. Robert Sturges sent a photo of himself standing by a Jeep that had been stuck near the Flume. Judi Gould sent us a copy of a newspaper article about Maurice Fletcher, entitled, “When Battles are Over.” Karen had a note from James Carr about mini grants that are available for cultural programs through an online format. Grant requesters post their information online and update it once a year. Karen contacted Keith Herkalo about possible WHS participation in the Battle of Plattsburgh Bicentennial celebration. He said he would make the committee aware of our request. We have not yet received a reply from them.
Karen told us that we have received approximately ten research requests since the beginning of November. Professor Hinds requested to use photos of two tombstones as illustrations for one of his books. Karen provided those photos to him. Another request was received from someone who wanted to buy a replacement for a Christmas ornament that she believed to have been from a WHS fundraiser. Guy suggested that it may have been from a local craft person. Karen will email the membership to find out if anyone knows anything about the Wilmington church steeple ornaments. We received one request for information about an old postcard photo which the person believed to be Quaker Mountain. Guy pointed out that the mountain in the photo is not Quaker mountain because it is the wrong shape. Doug suggested that Karen have the individual contact St Lawrence University because the photo is part of their D. P. Church collection. Recently Town Assessor Dana Peck advised Karen that he had some old maps and an aerial photograph he wanted to discard and he wanted to know if the WHS would want them. Karen showed them to us and said she would try to find out how we can take possession of them from the town.
Karen reported for the Publications and Programs Committee that she distributed flyers announcing our meeting and research night dates. She mentioned that the date for research night in May will be changed to the fourth Tuesday due to a conflict. Karen submitted an article about the WHS for the town newsletter which will be out shortly. Karen and Doug will meet to discuss upcoming programs. We were contacted by the Lake Placid elementary school about their fourth grade anthology project. They have asked for our financial support and help with their research efforts. Linda Joss-Dyke offered a motion to contribute $250 toward the school project. Guy seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
Nancy Cressey reported for the Membership and Nominations Committee that she has been working on updating the mailing list for the membership flyers. She will print out the labels for the mailing within the next several days. Karen requested that Nancy talk to Merri Peck about the bulk mailing and make sure the Visitor’s Bureau has paid for their bulk permit. Nancy also reported that we received one membership renewal in the past month.
Karen reported for the Visitor’s Bureau that their event schedule for 2011 is out. A new event this year is the Two Fly Challenge scheduled for May 20-21. The 26th Annual Community Dinner to honor the Citizen of the Year is coming up.
Our webmaster Patrick McIntyre put together some interesting information on our website statistics. There were approximately 1000 website hits. We had 320 people visit our programs/events during the past year and our total membership for the year was 164. Karen reminded everyone that we need to submit our volunteer hours.
Linda mentioned that there is a new video history of Whiteface that would be a good acquisition for the WHS. She tried without success to obtain a copy from ORDA. Karen will talk to Bridget about how we can acquire a copy.
Guy made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Linda seconded it. All voted in favor.
Wilmington Historical Society