Wednesday, October 6, 2004.

The vice-president called the meeting to order at 7:20 PM, in the absence of the president, with 10 members and one guest present.

The minutes from the last meeting were read.

The treasurer's report was given.

There was the third and final voting on the revised bylaws. A motion was made and seconded to approve the bylaws. The motion carried. They will be printed for distribution at the next meeting.

The president then took over the meeting.

The guest talked about how this was the 50th anniversary of the making of "The Kentuckian" at the Lincoln Pioneer Village. He said they would be showing the movie on Saturday, October 16, 2004 at the village. The village will open at 5:00 PM when people can see a display of memorabilia. The movie will be shown at 6:00 PM with a commentary telling what is happening behind the scenes. His church has a sound system that they will be using. They will probably use the Community Building in the park in case of bad weather. He discussed placing a plaque about the movie in the village. He had talked to the Parks Board and they were agreeable to having one placed there. A motion was made and seconded to contribute $200.00 towards the plaque. The motion carried. It was also discussed that it had been mentioned that the Historical Society might furnish refreshments at the movie. It was decided that we did not have the appropriate equipment or enough personnel to do so at this time.

It was brought up again about having more of the local papers microfilmed before the information is lost. The 1950 Journal still needs to be filmed as well as the Democrat from 1971 to 1980. A motion was made and seconded to have the 1950 Journal and the 1971 and 1972 Democrat microfilmed at this time and then work on the remaining years. The motion carried.

It was mentioned that the Commander of American Legion Post 254 was going to be presenting a talk on Spencer County veterans and he had been to check out the Spencer County Memorial Forest and the Heritage Park. He was impressed with the sites and was going to find out who was in charge of the areas. He said that they would be great places for the scouts to camp and also could be maintained as scout projects.

The Old Rockport Cemetery project was discussed. A member had recently walked through the area. The weeds had been sprayed and there were some trees down. It was decided to wait until after the next meeting to set up another workday.

It was mentioned that Mr. Charles Browning from Evansville gave the Historical Society a copy of the microfilm containing the obituaries that he had compiled during his years as a funeral director. The Society had given him a plaque in recognition of his service.

It was mentioned that we might want to also honor Professor Jim Cooper who did so much research and work to help the Society prevent major changes to the Boner Bridge on the Spencer/Warrick county line. It was suggested that he might be an appropriate speaker at the 2005 Historian of the Year Banquet.

One of the members of the Society, Paul Rimstidt, passed away this week. A motion was made and seconded to donate a book for the Genealogy Room in his memory. The motion carried.

It was mentioned about the U. S. Mint designing four new backs for the penny in honor of the Lincoln Bicentennial that will be in 2009. They would celebrate Lincoln's childhood in Kentucky, his early adulthood in Indiana, his political career in Illinois, and his presidency in Washington. It is hoped that there will be some type of celebration at the Lincoln Boyhood National Park in Lincoln City, Indiana.

Several members have been working on a new logo for the Society. There will be more discussion about the logo at the next meeting.

There was a short discussion on the kiosks along Highway 66. This had been mentioned at the last meeting. 

The next meeting will be Tuesday, November 2, 2004 at 6:30 PM. (Notice the time change.)

The meeting adjourned at 8:55 PM.