Tuesday, September 5, 2006.
The president called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM with 12 members and one guest speaker present.
The meeting was turned over to Melissa Miller who works for the Spencer County Visitors Bureau and is also on the Ohio River Scenic Byway Commission. She made a presentation on the four (4) kiosks that are going to be placed in Spencer County. The kiosks will cost $5,000.00 each with $1,000.00 of that amount being paid by local sponsors. Three of the kiosks already have sponsors. She was asking the Historical Society to sponsor the kiosk at Lincoln Ferry Park.
They hoped to have the plans finalized by the end of the year and all of the sponsors lined up. She said the kiosks should be in place by the middle of 2007. The question was asked if the last kiosk was being held for the Historical Society, and she replied "Yes, that it hadn't been offered to any other group." It was suggested that we think about it until the next meeting.
After she left, it was stated that if we were going to put up $1,000.00 for the kiosk, the wording on it should be historically correct. This was not the case with the wording that was presented. It did not tell enough about the history of the Lincoln Ferry Park. It told too much about other sites and even mentioned the Lincoln Amphitheatre in Lincoln State Park which no longer presents the drama "Young Abe Lincoln". The picture of Lincoln on the kiosk showed Lincoln as a President with his beard. When Lincoln was associated with the area, he was between seven-21 years old and did not have a beard.
It was decided to see if better wording could be found and then presented to the Commission. They would not be obligated to take our wording - only use it as a suggestion.
It was mentioned that several members had volunteered to man a booth at the Apple Fest on October 14 & 15 at Honey Creek Farm. They were going to share the booth with the Spencer County Fair Board. They would take some of the items from the Genealogy Room that are on sale by the Historical Society to sale. A motion was made and seconded to pay the booth rental fee. Motion carried.
The treasurer's report was given. A motion was made and seconded to pay for CD's that were used to make copies of an audio tour of Rockport. So far we have spent $32.52 on 40 CD's and cover paper to make the audio tours. 19 copies have been sold which means that we have cleared $157.48 so far. The amount made from the sale of the rest of the copies will all be clear profit.
It was brought up about the highlighters that were mentioned at the last meeting. Several samples of wording to be place on the highlighters was passed around. After some discussion, the wording was selected. It would have "Spencer County Historical Society" in one area and "Spencer County, Indiana - Where Lincoln spent his formative years 1816-1830" in another area. A motion was made and seconded to purchase the highlighters. Motion carried.
A member showed two pictures that had been framed to hang in the Genealogy Room. One was about the original formation of the Spencer County Historical Society. She had found the documents in a box that had materials that the Genealogy librarian had gone through. The head librarian stated that she would see that they would be hung for us.
A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, October 3, 2006 at 7:00 PM in the Genealogy Room.