Tuesday, May 2, 2006.
The president called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM with 13 members and one guest present.
The secretary read the minutes of the last meeting. They were approved.
The treasurer's report was given.
It was mentioned that the picture of Charles Lieb was framed and the work donated by Max Schumacher. The picture was dedicated on May 1, 2006 in the Courthouse. There was a short ceremony with refreshments afterwards. The picture is by the north door near the cornerstone that has Charles Lieb's name on it. The newsreporter read the article she had written for the newspapers about the dedication.
A motion was made and seconded to send a check to former Governor Edgar Whitcomb for being the speaker at our recent Historian of the Year Banquet. Motion carried.
A discussion followed on how much to pay the speaker in the future. It was decided to pay speakers $50.00 and also give them a copy of the book, "History of Warrick, Spencer and Perry Counties, Indiana", 1885 reprint.
A member gave a report on a recent Lincoln Economic Development Meeting at which there were 40 people in attendance. They discussed ideas that would help promote the Lincoln area attractions and the Lincoln Amphitheater. They will have another meeting on May 12, 2006 at Honey Creek Farm from 8:30 to 11:30 AM.
There was a discussion on getting ideas to promote the Bicentennial Celebration of Abraham Lincoln's birth in 2009. There will be a meeting held at Honey Creek Farm on June 16, 2006 from 8:30 to 11:30 AM.
It was mentioned that the Lincoln BiCentennial Commission met on Sunday, April 23, 2006. The States of Kentucky and Illinois have pledged money for the centennial. No one knows what the State of Indiana has put forth as money or who is in charge of the celebration for the State of Indiana.
One of the County Commissioners said that the Courthouse would like to find the bust of Lincoln that George Honig made. At one time it was on a pedestal in the rotunda, but no one knows what happened to it. If it can not be found, they would like to get a new bust to be placed in the rotunda.
The president mentioned that he would like to start a letter writing campaign to the legislators to try and get the Lincoln Amphitheater open again.
A member mentioned that the rest of the state does not recognize that Lincoln was a part of Spencer County. Spencer County is just pushed aside when anything is mentioned concerning Lincoln, who spent 14 years here in this county -- his formative years.
The biggest problem concerning the Bicentennial Celebration seems to be a lack of communication. No one will tell others what is happening.
A member showed a DVD that was put out by the Visitors' Bureau to promote all attractions in Spencer County.
Many ideas were discussed dealing with Lincoln and Spencer County.
A motion was made and seconded to adjourn. Motion carried.
The meeting adjourned at 8:50 PM.
The next meeting will be June 6, 2006 at South Spencer High School at 7:00 PM. Steve Haaff will present a program on the Lincoln cabinets that he is reproducing.