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Minutes of the Combined Meeting Rankin County Historical Society Brandon Genealogical and Historical Society July 23, 2013

The combined meeting of the Rankin County Historical Society and the Brandon Genealogical and Historical Society was held Tuesday, July 23, at 7:00 P.M. RCHS hosted the meeting at the Brandon Public Library.

Anne Vanderleest, RCHS president, opened the meeting.

A presentation of four books was made to the Brandon Library Genealogy Room in memory of Catherine Bible Hill. The presentation was made by Joan Singletary (attached). Lu Harding, daughter of Mrs. Hill was recognized as a special guest.

Ron Thornton made the Treasurers Report citing the report made at the RCHS Board of Directors meeting on July 17 (attached).

Ms. Vanderleest made brief reports on the survey added to the RCHS website and the scanning of documents and ledgers that has been completed for Shiloh United Methodist Church and Campgrounds.

Announcement was made of a planned field trip to the Mississippi State Hospital Museum and the Florence Heritage House on Thursday, Sept. 19. We will meet at the library at 9:30 to carpool. Lunch is being offered at the hospital as well as a tour of the grounds. Those planning to attend are asked to sign up in advance so transportation can be arranged for the tour of the hospital grounds. You may sign up by contacting Paul Davis, 601-951-9791 or polywog1@comcast.net by Tuesday, Sept. 17. Members and their guests are always welcomed.

Ms. Vanderleest listed the goals adopted by the board in June of this year as the society’s five year plan. The goals are:

  1. 1.      Complete an accurate inventory of the items in the RCHS Museum
  2. 2.      Update the displays in the museum
  3. 3.      Paint the exterior and repair the ramps
  4. 4.      Make the city, county and community more aware of our mission and make known that the organization needs participation as well as financial support
  5. 5.      Grow our membership and extend its involvement and support.

Paul Davis, vice-president, asked for a show of hands of members or guests attending the meeting. All present were members of either the RCHS or BGHS.

Members were reminded of the following calendar of events:

Sept. 19, 9:30 A.M., Mississippi State Hospital Museum and Florence Heritage House;

Sept. 24, 7:00 P.M., RCHS and BGHS general membership meeting at the Courthouse Annex;

Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, and 27 Open House at RCHS Museum, 10:00 A.M.-Noon on Saturdays, 2:00-4:00 P.M. on Sundays;

Oct. 5, 12, and 19, Inventory and cleanup of Museum buildings;

Oct. 26, Antiques Showcase with Anne Stratton.

The BGHS had no business to conduct at this time.

Our speaker, James Gould, a member at large on the board of directors of  RCHS was introduced by Ms. Singletary. His topic was “Stories of the Great Depression”. Mr. Gould entertained with family stories and remembrances of the Depression as well as outlining its basic causes and the actions taken by President Roosevelt as its solution.

Special thanks were given to Doris Gibson for the home-made goodies she brought for the meeting.

There being no further business or discussion, the meeting was adjourned.

Submitted by Joan Singletary, Secretary



Catherine Bible Hill Tribute

How do you say thank you to a lady who is no longer with us? How do you thank her for all the years of dedication and service to our organization? The only way we know how is to continue to build on her legacy with a small memorial.

Catherine Hill was a founding member and an officer of the Rankin County Historical Society. She assisted in the writing of the society’s two volumes of Rankin County History and was one of the writers of a weekly newspaper column, “The Searchlight”. “The Searchlight” recalled items of Rankin County history plus interesting bits about our pioneer families. Mrs. Hill was a force in the building and staffing of our museum, and was also active in starting the Brandon Public Library.

Mrs. Hill died in April of 2012 at the age of 101. As a very small thank you to her, the Rankin County Historical Society is placing books in the Genealogy Room of the Brandon Library. As the books are used in future years we know each of the users will add their thank yous to Catherine Bible Hill for the generous gifts of her time and knowledge in helping preserve the history of Rankin County.

Books given in her memory were:

“Ina Greenwood, or, Life Mysteries and other Poems” by Virginia Frantz

“Dawes Roll  “Plus” of Cherokee Nation “1898””  by Bob Blankenship

“Cherokee Roots Vol 1 Eastern Cherokee Rolls” by Bob Blankenship

“Cherokee Roots Vol 2 Western Cherokee Rolls” by Bob Blankenship



Treasurer’s Report July 23, 2013

We have compared the amount of money the society had at the end of each fiscal year starting December 31, 2007 to December 31, 2012 and have found that the funds have dropped from $16, 173.15 in 2007 to $8,265.70 in 2012. A number of factors have contributed to the decline, including purchase of a laptop computer for record keeping, a camera and tripod for scanning historical records and recording events such as Heritage Day, renting a storage unit to preserve history books and other club records and filing cabinets in which to store our records.

We have recently found a less expensive storage unit for our records and have discontinued Stephens Printing Service who prints the yearly calendars that we sell. The last two years the total funds have been around $8,000.00 indicating that sales and expenses have leveled off.

Our current total is $7,679.66.

Total money on hand for the previous 5 years ending December 31 of each year

12/31/2007                  $16,173.15

12/31/2008                  $13,122.63

12/31/2009                  $10,908.12

12/31/2010                  $10,096.80

12/31/2011                  $8,444.66

12/31/2012                  $8,265.70