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Rankin County Historical Society
Brandon Historical and Genealogical Society
Meeting September 23, 2014

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

Anne Vanderleest, president of RCHS, called the meeting to order and welcomed both members and guests. Treasurer Ron Thornton reported a bank balance of $7,210.

Announcements made by President Vanderleest included:

October 4, 11, 18 and 25 the RCHS Museum will be open from 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. each day for visitors while the inventory of the museum continues. Volunteers are needed.

October 17 and 18 the Friends of the Library will hold a book sale from 10-5 Friday, and 10-4 Saturday. Bag Day is Monday, Oct. 20.

November 1 at 11:00 A.M. a memorial to James Wallace McMaster will be dedicated at the Old Brandon Cemetery.

November 12 at noon, Lunch is History at the Mississippi Archives and History, William Winters Building Deborah Thomas, digital projects coordinator for the National Digital Newspaper Project at the Library of Congress, will present Chronicling America, a project to digitize America’s historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922.

November 18, 10:30 A.M. Anne Stratton will present “Dating and Identifying Photographs” in the Brandon Genealogy Room. Two photographs may be brought by each person.

December 13 a Christmas tour of Brandon. Volunteers are needed to host at the RCHS museum buildings. See report from Jan Harrell below.

January 27, 2015, 7:00 P.M. “Munch on History” program and combined meeting of RCHS and BHGS at Brandon Library. Speaker to be announced.

February 2015, noon-time “Munch on History” program at Brandon Library; date and speaker to be announced.

A nominating committee for the RCHS slate of officers for 2015-2016 was selected; named to the committee were Anne Vanderleest, Joan Singletary, and Linda Wolfe. Nomination instructions will be presented to the members by mail or e-mail in October. Nominations will be accepted through November 15 and the slate will be presented to the membership after that time. The holiday schedule has forced some rearrangement of the normal election schedule; a regular November meeting will not be held.

Jan Harrell of the BHGS was asked to report on the Christmas tour of December 13. The 1930’s will be the theme for this year’s tour with three Brandon homes built in that era to be open. There will also be a “garage tour” of vintage automobiles and an exhibit of 30’s and 40’s quilts at the Brandon Library. The RCHS museum buildings will also be open that Saturday.

Penny Schooler announced that Brandon will be featured in the Clarion-Ledger Home Town Friday series. On Friday, October 10 from 2:30-3:30 Ms. Schooler asked for people to dress in period costumes at the Brandon Cemetery.

Lindsey Murphy Simon was then introduced by Ms. Vanderleest as our guest speaker. Ms. Simon works as a civil servant with the Mississippi Army National Guard where she has served as the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) manager for almost 12 years. Ms. Simon is working on the Brandon Historical Cemetery Project using global positioning systems (GPS) to map the Brandon Cemetery. When this project is complete, information as to the location of graves along with pictures of tombstones will be available in a digital database. This project is being sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Brandon Garden Club, and the Brandon Historic Preservation Society.

After a spirited question and answer period, the meeting was adjourned.

Submitted by Joan Singletary Secretary, Rankin County Historical Society