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Minutes  Rankin County Historical Society/Brandon Genealogical and Historical Society Meeting May 28, 2013

The Brandon Genealogical and Historical Society hosted the Rankin County Historical Society in a joint meeting held Tuesday, May 28, at 7:00 P.M. in the Board of Supervisors Room at the Court House Annex.

Dan Fairly, president, BGHS, opened the meeting with a prayer. He then introduced his niece, Rebecca Fairly Blakeney, who is a history teacher at Brandon High School. Ms. Blakeney had requested that breakfast be served to her students before their final exams. The board of BGHS agreed to purchase breakfast from Chick-Fil-A for the students. Ms. Blakeney thanked the members of BGHS for doing this and reported high scores for all her students.

Anne Vanderleest, president of RCHS, told of a trip made by the board members to visit the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum on May 24. RCHS continues to make plans to revitalize the RCHS museum buildings and to make the displays representative of Rankin County history. All ideas and help will be appreciated as this project is undertaken. She announced that Heritage Day was a great success with approximately 1,000 visitors during the day. The Board of Directors will have a planning session on Friday, June 7, beginning at 9:30 A.M. at the home of Ms. Vanderleest.

Dr. Mary Collins Landin was the scheduled speaker but she had to cancel at the last minute. President Fairly collected some family artifacts and shared the stories of them with us. Among the interesting items shown were two silver spoons that were buried during the Civil War to prevent the “Damn Yankees” from stealing them. Other items shown were a picture of his great-great grandparents taken during their honeymoon and a Colt revolver used during the war; the revolver carries the patent number of 525.

Members present were: Dan Fairly, Murphy Adkins, James Gould, Mary Lou Ayers, Joan Singletary, Anne and Dirk Vanderleest, Ron Thornton, Barbara and John Collier, Joan and George Alliston, Penny and Roy Schooler, Rosemary Morrow. Guests were Peter and Kathy Lewis, new residents of Brandon.

Respectfully submitted,

Joan Singletary, Secretary Rankin County Historical Society


RCHS Treasurer’s report for May 2013

Opening balance as of March 25, 2013=                           $8,466.34

Deposits                                                                         +  $288.25

Less Expenses                                                                -  $825.67

Total cash on hand as of May 28, 2013                               $7928.92

Ronald Thornton Treasurer E-mailed to secretary May 28, 2013