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Minutes of the Rankin County Historical Society

October 13, 2011

President Anne Vanderleest called the meeting to order.

Treasurer’s report was given by John Haliburton who reported a balance of $9,180.91.

Mel Corley asked permission to open and maintain a Facebook account for RCHS to post information and pictures. Members agreed unanimously for him to set up this account as Rankin County Historical Society.

Museum Repairs: President Vanderleest announced that she was contacted by the Rankin County Board of Supervisors and starting Monday, October 17, there will be an eight-man crew of prison laborers available to start work on re-roofing the Museum. The BOS has allotted us a budget of $5,000 for necessary purchases. Johnny Jones, county contractor, will be in charge of the work done.

Mr. Jones is out of town at this time and could not be contacted to determine the skill of the workers. Mr. R.W. Castens of Metal Builders Supply has offered to donate materials with the stipulation the roof installation be supervised by a qualified contractor. He will meet with Mr. Jones and explain the installation process to him. Mr. Castens is furnishing the roofing material (5V-Crimp), trim, fasteners and sealant. The RCHS will purchase the necessary lath boards and Repel, the underlayment.

Mr. Castens graciously answered all our questions about the materials to be used and the installation process for metal roofing.

President Vanderleest then asked that the members present approve an amount the Society would spend if the County refuses to install the metal roofing. It was moved by Joan Singletary and seconded by Mel Corley that a $2500 cap be set. After discussion, the motion was unanimously approved.

The Smokehouse will be demolished after the items stored there are moved to the permanent storage building behind the museum store. The Mayor’s Youth Council will be assisting with this on Saturday, Oct. 15, and again on November 5. Adult supervision will be needed so if you can be there Saturday, Nov. 5, please contact either Anne Vanderleest at 601-594-9013 or Joan Singletary at 601-825-6490 to volunteer for a supervisory position. We will be able to give you a definite time to meet when you call.

Fannin First Baptist Church Tour: RCHS had earlier been asked to suggest an itinerary for a group of 15-30 people from First Baptist Church of Fannin to learn a bit about county history. A tour of Rankin County has been set for the group for Thursday, November 3, from 10:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. Scheduled on the tour will be Goshen Springs, Pelahatchie Museum and City Hall, Shiloh United Methodist Church and Campgrounds, the RCHS Museum, Brandon Cemetery and Hebron School. Mr. James Gould, Mel Corley, Anne Vanderleest, and Joan Singletary will travel with or meet the group at various places to offer brief bits of history about each place.

Symposium: Saturday, March 3, 2012, from 9:30 A.M. until 12:00 Noon, has been set as the date for RCHS county-wide Symposium bringing together groups in Rankin County who are interested in furthering the knowledge and preservation of historical and genealogical sites in our county.

The Society will be sending out letters asking groups to join us and present information about their area of interest. Each RCHS member is being asked to contribute names of any organizations they may know.

Current contacts are RCHS, Brandon Historical and Genealogical Society, Brandon Preservation and Historic Commission, Friends of the Brandon Cemetery, Gold Coast Society, Richland City Room, Pelahatchie Museum, New Brandon Cemetery, Shiloh United Methodist Church and Campgrounds, Florence Museum, Hebron School; added were Piney Woods, Star, and Whitfield.

April Open House: The Society has been contacted by Robert Myers of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, Brandon Camp 265, asking to present a day of living history in connection with the Rankin County Historical Society. This will be done in conjunction with our Spring Open House and will hopefully showcase our renovated Museum buildings. It was suggested that perhaps the DAR would also participate; the local chapter will be contacted.

There being no further business to discuss at this time, the meeting was adjourned.

Joan Singletary



Ron Thornton; Bert McCleave; Mary Lou Ayers; John A. Haliburton; Nathan Bradshaw; R.W. Castens; Mel Corley; Anne Vanderleest; Joan Singletary; Donna Blalock, guest


Addenda to RCHS Minutes of Oct. 13, 2011

Rankin County Historical Society Board met at 5:00 P.M., preceding the regular meeting.

Present were: Anne Vanderleest, Nathan Bradshaw, Mary Lou Ayers, and Mel Corley.

The Board met at the museum to discuss preparation for the exterior renovation of the Museum buildings; which items would need to be relocated and where they could be stored during renovations. The possibility of using the post office building for storage was discussed.

Also discussed was the possibility of placing a large sign on the side of the store as it is the area most visible from the park and library areas. The use of attractive colors in painting the museum was also briefly discussed.

At the close of the meeting Donna Blalock requested that she speak with members of RCHS concerning a Mississippi Genealogy website. Anne Vanderleest and Joan Singletary met with her. Ms. Blalock is working with the Mississippi Research Community on Facebook www.facebook.com/MississippiGenealogy and she wanted to make us aware of this site and her work with it. Ms. Blalock also volunteers at the Family History Center in Clinton. She and Colleen Statum are interested in working with schools to get African Americans to participate in a family history writing contest during Black history month.