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Meeting of Board of Directors Rankin County Historical Society January 25, 2013

The Board of Directors of the Rankin County Historical Society met at the home of Anne Vanderleest, president, on Friday, January 25, 2013. Present were Mrs. Vanderleest, Paul Davis, Mel Corley, Mary Lou Ayers, Ron Thornton, James Gould, and Joan Singletary.

The group was reminded of the Munch on History scheduled for Tuesday Jan. 29 at the Brandon Library. Presenter is Tom Henderson, library director of Millsaps College. His subject will be “Finding Hooch and Homicide on the Gold Coast”.

Setup for Munch on History will be at 3:00 P.M. Monday. Mel will set up the projector and screen. Food and drinks will be brought by Doris Gibson and Mary Lou Ayers; Carla Davis will serve as food attendant. Ron Thornton will have History and Cemetery books for sale. Paul Davis will create an agenda for the meeting. Officers for 2013 will be introduced during the session. 

Yearly planning day for the RCHS Board members will be Saturday, June 1, at the Jackson Airport.

Anne mentioned we received an IRS letter to file form # 990N. She and Ron will do this.

Anne mentioned that the city of Brandon had not yet paid for the work done on the museum house roof so Raymond Dean was paid $2100 from RCHS funds. Gilmore Brothers is also owed for supplies. There has been some difficulty in contacting Mayor Tim Coulter about payment.

Ron Thornton reported approximately $5,000 in RCHS bank account at this time.

The society has had “custody” of some old ledgers and the ledgers have been offered to the county.

Speakers for the next joint meeting with Brandon Genealogical and Historical Society were discussed. Some suggestions for contacts were made. This will be discussed further; James Gould and Joan Singletary will contact some possible speakers.

Color choices for the repainting of the museum buildings were discussed; three possible combinations were presented but discussion was tabled until a future meeting.

Anne presented a “Christmas letter” written by Lu Harding, daughter of Catherine Hill. Catherine was a long-time member and supporter of RCHS until her death in 2012 at the age of 101. Lu had added a note to her letter saying … “Mother always loved RCHS”.

Calendar and book prices were discussed and after discussion these prices were set:


Set of calendars (20-25 per set) $20.00

Hard-cover history books — $30.00 if mailed; $25.00 pickup Soft-cover history books — $20.00 if mailed; $15.00 pickup

Cemetery books, Vols. 1 and 2 as a set — $30.00 per set + $5.00 shipping

Joan moved that these prices be adopted for future book and calendar sales; Mel seconded; motion approved by those present.

Heritage Day was the next item on the agenda. It is set for Saturday, April 20, 2013, from 10:00 A.M. Until 4:00 P.M. 

Letters have gone out to the craftsmen and other participants who worked with us last year. We have received confirmation from Pearl River Woodcarvers Guild; Sue Perry, punch needle; the Vietnam Vets, parking and water sale; Larry and Jennifer Howard, blacksmith and wagon rides; Chief Red Jacket Chapter, DAR; LeFleurs Bluff Chapter, DAR; Camp 265 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and 46th Mississippi Infantry. A battery will also be attending.

James agreed to help the Vets with parking.

It was suggested that invitations be sent to other groups who participated in last year’s Symposium, Joan will get these out to Piney Woods, the Florence Museum, Shiloh Campground Museum, Pelahatchie Museum, Brandon Genealogical and Historical Society, Mississippi State Hospital.

The City will be contacted asking for their help with parking and trash. Mel will post info on Facebook – Joan will get him the information to post.

Flyers were sent to Rankin County Schools last year and it was agreed that the amount of time, money and effort to meet the school requirements was over whelming. This year teachers, especially history teachers, will be sent the information and they will be asked to post it electronically for their classes.

Flyers will be posted around the county with the cooperation of the officers and members. Mayors, Chambers of Commerce, and churches will also be invited to attend.

Discussion was held on activities for children, food, and contests. These questions will be addressed at a later board meeting to finalize plans for Heritage Day.

The meeting was adjourned.

Joan Singletary Secretary