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Rankin County Historical Society
Board Meeting
July 23, 2014

The Board of Directors met at the home of Anne Vanderleest at 3:30 P.M. on Wednesday, July 23. Present were Ms. Vanderleest, Paul Davis, James Gould, Ron Thornton, Mel Corley and Joan Singletary; they were later joined by Mary Lou Ayers.

Mr. Thornton announced that on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at 11:00 A.M. a monument will be dedicated in the Old Brandon Cemetery to honor James Wallace McMaster who served in the Confederate Army. Members of the SCV Camp 265 will assist in the dedication. The monument is being given by John Lee McMaster of Garden City, Texas.

Mr. Gould mentioned that the Clinton Visitors Center on the Natchez Trace has been redone and a good museum is now open, worth a visit.

On the subject of museums, Mr. Corley pointed out that the map of places to visit located in the Outlet Mall in Pearl has an incorrect map showing Lakeland Drive coming into Brandon. Museums are shown on the maps and Mrs. Vanderleest asked Mr. Davis to check with the mall management to see if the RCHS Museum can be added.

Speakers for upcoming meetings with the Brandon society were discussed. Subjects requested were Native Americans, railroads, and roads. Possible speakers mentioned were Reiford Castens who had worked on a history of US Highway 80; a new member of RCHS, Barry Evans, had indicated on his membership form an interest in obtaining speakers.

A night Munch on History program was scheduled for January 27; a noon-time program will be held in February. A date will be cleared with the February library schedule.

Paul and Carla Davis recently attended a meeting of the Mississippi Federation of Historical Societies in Columbia. The federation is administered by the Mississippi Historical Society and this meeting was a re-organization for the group. RCHS is now a member of the federation.

The RCHS Museum has been assigned a physical address by the City of Brandon: the house is 1471 West Government Street, Brandon, MS 39042; the store is 1473 West Government Street, Brandon, MS 39042; and the office is 1473A West Government Street, Brandon, MS 39042. Mr. Corley will obtain house numbers for the museum buildings.

Mr. Corley will check into getting the museum addresses entered on Google. While discussing web sites, it was pointed out that we have been removed from the Historic Preservation site on the City of Brandon site. Members of the Board were asked to note and report to Mrs. Singletary, any sites they find that they feel the RCHS should be linked to.

Mrs. Vanderleest reminded that the board will need to create a nominating committee for officers and board members in September.

Mr. Davis asked if board members are liable if a lawsuit is brought against the society. It was suggested that perhaps our insurance should be reviewed to be sure it is up-to-date. No one was assigned this task.

Open House will be held each Saturday in October from 10:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. while the museum buildings are being cleaned and the inventory is completed.

Mrs. Singletary was asked to do a newsletter to be placed in the mail right after Labor Day. All members were asked to help remind her of topics to be covered in the letter. She has also been asked to work on a brochure highlighting the museum.

Dates to remember:

August 20, 3:30 P.M., Board meeting at home of Anne VanderleestSeptember, Nominating committee to be created for officers and board members

Early September, newsletter mail out

September 23, 7:00 P.M. meeting of RCHS and BHGS at Brandon Library

October 4, 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., Open House and Inventory at Museum

October 11, 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., Open House and Inventory at Museum

October 18, 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., Open House and Inventory at Museum

October 25, 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., Open House and Inventory at Museum

During October, Anne Stratton visit

November 1, 11:00 A.M. dedication of McMaster memorial at Old Brandon Cemetery

January 27, 7:00 P.M. Munch on History

January, election of officers and board