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Minutes of Rankin County Historical Society Meeting November 24, 2012

Members of the RCHS hosted the Brandon Historical and Genealogical Society in a joint session on Tuesday, November 24, 2010, 7:00 P.M. at the Brandon Library.

President Anne Vanderleest welcomed the group and then presented a certificate of appreciation and a gift to Allie Otting. Allie spent many hours checking and recording items that have been donated to the RCHS Museum. Allie’s project helped her earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award offered by the Girl Scout organization.

Ms.Vanderleest introduced the speaker, Grady Howell, who has written many books about the Civil War in Mississippi and is a historian of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Mr. Howell’s subject was Thanksgiving Day in Mississippi. His talk was very interesting and informative.

At the conclusion of Mr. Howell’s talk a brief business meeting for the RCHS was conducted by Ms. Vanderleest.

A balance of $8540.21 was reported in our bank account.

Upcoming events for the winter and spring were announced.

      January 22, 7:00 P.M., shared meeting with Brandon Genealogical and Historical Society in the Supervisors Room at the Courthouse Annex.

      January 26, Mississippi Genealogical Seminar in Canton.

      January 29, 12:00 Noon, RCHS and the Brandon Library will sponsor Munch on History, “Finding Hooch and Homicide on the Gold Coast”. Speaker will be Tom Henderson, librarian of Millsaps College.

      March 26, 7:00 P.M. shared meeting with Brandon Genealogical and Historical Society in the Supervisors Room at the Courthouse Annex.

       April 20, Rankin County Heritage Day. Activities will include Stamford’s Battery, Civil War Re-enactors, Horse Drawn Wagon rides, Craft Demonstrations, Museum tours, plus period costumes.

It was announced that work on replacing the roof on the Wilson-Neely house is to begin in the next few days.

Slate of officers for the coming two year term of RCHS was presented by Murphy Adkins:

President, Anne Vanderleest; Vice President, Paul Davis; Secretary, Joan Singletary; Treasurer, Ron Thornton; Member at Large, Post 2, James Gould.

There were no further nominations so Mr. Adkins moved the slate be accepted by acclamation; the motion was seconded by Mr. Denson and passed. These officers will take office in January 2013.

Ms. Vanderleest asked for a coordinator to help with the set-up for our joint meetings. Someone is also needed to help with transcribing old records that have been digitized. Ms. Singletary asked for help with notices and mailouts. If you can help, please contact Ms. Vanderleest or Ms. Singletary.

Ms. Vanderleest announced that original files of the historical society have been moved to county storage on Marquette Road. She then asked for help for Friday, November 30 to check some items in the museum. Ron Thornton, Paul Davis, and Joan Singletary will assist.

The meeting was turned over to BGHS. Barbara Collier read the slate of officers which was accepted by acclimation. Officers for the Brandon Genealogical society are: President, Dan Fairly; First Vice President, Murphy Adkins; Second Vice President, Joan Alliston; Corresponding/Recording Secretary, Penny Schooler; Treasurer, John Collier; Directors, Royce Baker, Roy Schooler, Barbara Collier, Elaine Lewis, and Frances Rogers.

There were 28 members and guests present. The meeting was adjourned.

Joan Singletary Secretary Rankin County Historical Society