December 4, 2007


The Spencer County Historical Society met on Tuesday, December 4, 2007 in the Rockport Library Genealogy Room.


The meeting was called to order by the President at 6:30 PM with 9 members and one guest present.


The minutes from the last meeting were read and approved.


The treasurer’s report was given.  The balance in the treasury is $6,771.39. 


The president read a letter from Beverly Symon, head librarian, stating that the library has appointed Kris Manley as the Genealogy Room librarian to take the place of Rebecca Middleton who is retiring.  The appointment will be effective January 14, 2008.  They also appointed Erin Strobel to assist Kris as needed.


The president stated that he had contacted Randy Harris about the Honig material and was waiting for his call to be returned.


The president had an article written by C. T. Baker, editor of the Grandview Monitor, copyrighted 1931, that told about the Lincolns coming into Indiana at Sandy Creek Landing.


After some discussion, it was mentioned about the possibility of making a booklet using DocuBind (a home binding kit) and producing our own booklet about the Lincolns.  The Society could possibly produce a booklet of Honig’s watercolors concerning Lincoln.


A member said that at one time the manuscript of George Honig’s had been offered for sale.  If the Society was able to get the manuscript, it could possibly be called, “Fact and Thoughts about Abraham Lincoln by George Honig”.


The president said that regardless of what we do with the material, a copy of it needs to be placed in the library for reference.


A member had done more research on the copier/printer.  The machine he had was not available with a coin box.


After much discussion, a motion was made and seconded that we table the matter of getting a copier/printer.  The motion carried.


A member showed a picture of a stamp that he was trying to have made through the Postal Service using a drawing that George Honig had drawn in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s mother in 1940.  The drawing was submitted in a contest for a national stamp to be issued in 1943.


The next item on the agenda was the 2008 Historian of the Year Banquet.  Tentative dates selected were Saturday, April 12, 2008 or Saturday, April 19, 2008.  The president was going to check on the availability of the Chrisney Community Center.


Since 2008 is the start of the Lincoln Celebration, it was mentioned that it would be a good choice to ask William Bartelt to be the speaker at the banquet.


After going through the list of past honorees, a member nominated Harold and Georgia Banks as Historians of the Year for all the work they do to help mark historical sites.  The motion was seconded.  The motion carried.


A member nominated J. B. Chrisney for Commemorative Historian.  The motion was seconded.  The motion carried.


It was suggested that we use Abraham Lincoln as the theme.


A motion was made to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was seconded.  The motion carried.  The meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM.


The next meeting will be February 5, 2008 at 6:30 PM