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August 2018

To Collect, Preserve and Celebrate the Rich and Unique History of McDonald County

Members: Al Chapman, Chair; Karen Dobbs, President; Phyllis Chancellor, Vice President; Judy Rickett, Treasurer; Jane Lant, Secretary; Sam Alps, Angie Brewer, Judy Duncan, Gene Hall, Paul Lewis, Margarette Mitchell, Linda Patterson, Nancy Rowse, Alice Snodgrass, Lynn Tatum, Kathy Underwood

Al announced, with considerable regret, that Lynn Tatum has submitted her letter of resignation effective Oct. 1, 2018.  As you might expect, she will continue to provide assistance during the transition period.  We cannot do justice or express the words that would adequately summarize all that Lynn has brought to the Historical Society during her tenure as President and member of the Board.  We do know, however, that she led in the development of our Museum which is now recognized as one of the best small museums in the State and beyond.   I know firsthand what an organizational foundation and legacy she has instilled in this Board and our Historical Society .  Based on these qualities the Board and the Society will continue to grow in a way that will perpetuate the history of our McDonald County and its Museum.

Al also announced the nominating committee for Board elections for the upcoming year with Kathy as Chair along with Linda and Connie Rogers as the society representative.   They will be developing and sending out the nomination forms to the membership through the Newsletter that should be out by Oct. 1.

We are pleased that Nadia Cavner has, once again, agreed to host the dinner at Haven 55 to honor our volunteers and supporters throughout the year.  We consider this to be one of the most important events that the Historical Soc can do to honor those numerous individuals that serve as the backbone of our organization.  Without her support we would not be able to honor those who make us all that we are.

Judy R. presented the Financial Report.  She reported that our Newsletter fund has 6,324, the Preservation fund of $303 and our working capital is $35,653.

Paul and Karen reported on the status of the fence that will be installed on the north side of the Sheriff’s House property.  We anticipate installation to begin next week.  We also will be finalizing the bids for doors to be purchased & installed for the Sheriff’s house.

We seem to have been deluged with artifacts this month as reported by Sam.  They included: Books donated by Kay Akehurst including Brand Family Workbook, McDonald Co Sesquicentennial Family Histories, the Story of Stella and more; a dozen books donated by Jerry Wininger; A Christian Goes to War; Lions Club Certificate of membership for Ed Peck, Drawing the ’84 Noel bridge, a menu of the Wishing Well corner, copy of Centennial edition of the McDonald Co Press, photos of Students from Lanagan School in late 30’s & 40’s  all donated by Rose Peck; Military photo of Jack LeGore donated by Sheryl McKelvey ; Photos donated  by Fredas Cook including Crowder home , family reunion and the Crowder family tree; Military photo of Thomas James  “TJ” by Sheryl McKelvey;   Photos of the McDonald Co Fair from the 60’s donated by Xyta Lucas; Book Poetic Journeys for American’s Veterans by anonymous donor; 3 scrapbooks and 2X2 slides of historical nature by anonymous donor;  Antique china cabinet, drop leaf table donated by Lynn Tatum; Items donated by Sharon Duncan included a ration book, post cards including 1 from 1923 Noel, 1876 McDonald Co bond, Noel Ozark Press, 1945 “The Hills of a Million Thrills”., “The Cove” Ledger donated by Barb Ittner ; 6 CD’s plus numerous newspaper articles, pamphlets, etc. as well as military documents all  donated by Jean Bird.

Karen reported that following the start of school they will be organizing along with teachers, the 4th grade tours that has been such a success last year.

Kathy and her committee have begun the process, with the help of Amber Cox in Jefferson City, of developing the application to the National Registry of Historical Places.  The application will request that the Old Jail in Pineville by designated as a Historical site. 

Alice reported continued progress of collecting, identifying and adding to our database of artifacts within the Museum.  They are continuing to utilize volunteers made available through the Walmart Foundation.

Phyllis reported that the Calendars are on schedule and have been sent to the graphic designer.  Will be great, all in color this year.  She also reported on the planning for the Nov.11 Veterans Day activities commemorating the WWI Centennial.  Phyllis also reported that the volunteer hours for January through June was over 1892.

Karen gave out a number of dates of events including our Society General meeting on Sunday, September 16 @ 2PM in the Pineville community Ctr., Halloween at the Museum on Wed, Oct. 31 and a work Day on Saturday, August 25.  She also reported that during the Jesse James Days festivities we had over 120 visitors to the Museum on Saturday alone.

I think we’ve all had enuf… All be safe..  Al

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