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Approved Minutes for November 10, 2016 THS Meeting

posted by Andrew Waber

The meeting was called to order by President Dave Lang at 7:00 p.m. Visitors were welcomed and asked to introduce themselves. Members of the Wakulla County Historical Society were also welcomed and introduced and students from Professor Guzman’s FAMU class were recognized, as was Katie Harrison from the FSU Law School who made an announcement about a program at the school.  A motion was made and seconded to accept the minutes of our October Meeting that had been emailed to the membership. Motion was made and seconded that we approve the minutes and the minutes were accepted by those present.

 

Alva Stone gave the Treasurer’s Report. Our October Balance was $5,299.36. Income from dues was $130.00 and a donation of $50 was made by Terry Isaacson of Tempe, Arizona. Expenses for refreshments and photocopies was $56.06. Postal Service mail box annual rental was $86.00. Postage stamps purchase was $51.70. This left an ending balance of $5,285.60.

 

Old Business: President Lang updated the membership on the status of the museum progress and noted that the County Administrator advised that he was looking for climate controlled space for THS to store historical artifacts, shelving and display cases, photographs and other items. As for our logo, Noble Sissle, a FAMU art professor recommended by Vice President Will Guzman, had been contacted to work on a new logo for THS. Information was also relayed about THS programs to be presented at INIE in January.

 

New Business: President Lang announced that Vice President Guzman was changing jobs and moving from Tallahassee, leaving an opening for Vice President, explaining that the Board would be appointing a replacement in the near future. He asked for input from the membership to the board on their suggestions for a replacement. President Lang suggested that our society might be interested in organized field trips to historical sites in our area, and asked if anyone was interested in chairing that project that they contact him or a member of the board.

 

The speaker for the evening, Andy Wright, was introduced and gave a very entertaining talk entitled, “History Uncovered – The Cemeteries of Leon County”, which was enjoyed by all. His talk was followed by a question and answer period, then the program was concluded. It was announced that our December Meeting would be held on December 8th. It will be Christmas dinner and program at the Old Willis Dairy located on Centerville Road, courtesy of new members Frank and Peper Willis.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Doug Smith and Dave Lang, Acting Secretaries

 

Approved Minutes for May 14, 2016 THS Meeting

posted Oct 25, 2016, 10:41 AM by Andrew Waber   [ updated Oct 25, 2016, 10:42 AM ]

Minutes for May 14, 2016 THS Annual Business Meeting


Tallahassee Historical Society members and friends began gathering at the farm and home of Mary Alma and David Lang about 4 pm on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Rabbi Stanley Garfein started the meal with a prayer at 5 pm. After we started eating seconds, Mary Alma spoke about the history of the 1829 farm, sharing much family history (too much to mention here, but perhaps in a future article or presentation or an oral history?). The oldest house in Leon County is about 1 mile away. Her grandfather was a progressive farmer, who asked each of the other farmers to try something new each year and report on it. Her Dad ran the grist mill. The Commissary gave candy to her and the other kids. Grandma died in 1968, and gave St Phillips church some of the land. Much of the furnishings went to the Columns. Mary Alma and Dave moved here 30 years ago. “I love that you all come out here and y'all love history.”


President Dave Lang summarized this year's 6 programs and speakers. He also mentioned the Sims murder program that drew such a large audience in April last year, with speaker Henry Cabbage. Alva Stone (our Facebook Site’s creator and manager) noticed a comment from Henry’s main suspect on our Facebook site, responding to the 3/6/15 meeting posting, where he stated that there is no way he could have done it. The State's Attorney has been working on this case again since April.


Dave continued, saying that starting the Social time at 6:30 is working well. Romas added that the Not for Profit incorporation for THS is imminent, soon after the new officers are determined today [the Tallahassee Historical Society, Inc was incorporated on 5/23/16]. The Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence (INIE) is getting a Starbucks into the Brogan Museum, and INIE will give THS $500 to present 4 programs this summer, during the exhibit of Alvin Harper photos, 1885-1910. A new logo and brochure design are headed by Lynn McLarty. Andrew Waber is our new webmaster, and is planning an online academic journal on our website. We want to include oral histories to be published in the journal. We have online museum projects planned too, which should be presentable in 3 months. Videos of meetings from Maurice have been discussed with Andrew for posting online.


The Museum of Tallahassee and Leon County History is moving along, and THS becoming a 501(c)(3) will help. A survey is coming this summer in the mail, so don't put it aside. Mary May mentioned that a group of THS members is working to develop a small traveling exhibit composed of photos and maps that depict the history of Tall/Leon County. As a nonprofit, we can start applying for grants to fund the exhibit.


Treasurer Alva Stone reported on the Treasury status since the 4/14/16 meeting. The balance was $5,338.79 last month, adding income of $190 from membership dues, and subtracting expenses of $49.10 for refreshments and $24.84 to maintain our web domain name for 2 more years through GoDaddy, leaves a balance of $5,454.85 today. Those who want to become new members can see me after the meeting.


Romas asked for acceptance of the March meeting minutes as amended; Mary Alma Lang moved and Rabbi Stanley Garfein seconded. Romas said the April minutes were only emailed this week, so please email me any changes by the end of May, when they will be considered accepted as amended.


Diane Whitney presented the slate of candidates who are willing to serve as officers this coming year:

President -- David Lang

Vice President -- Will Guzman

Treasurer -- Alva Stone

Secretary -- Bill Gladwin

Member at Large & Immediate Past President -- Claude Kenneson

Member at Large -- Diane Whitney

Member at Large -- Doug Smith


Bill Gladwin is traveling and cannot be here today. Marti Pytel moved and Romas Sparkis seconded to elect the slate as described by Diane. The motion passed. The meeting was then adjourned at 6:08 pm, followed by requests to help finish the remaining foods and desserts.


Notes taken by Romas Sparkis,

THS (Past) Secretary

Approved Minutes for April 14, 2016 THS Meeting

posted Jul 10, 2016, 5:20 PM by Andrew Waber   [ updated Jul 10, 2016, 5:21 PM ]

President David Lang began the meeting around 7:00 pm, with the following announcements: 

1) that he would be speaking at the Tallahassee Ci ty Commission meeting about THS's desire to use the Waterworks building for a history museum; 

2) that Andrew Waber would be our new webmaster, and we would revive the APALACHEE publication as an online journal, inviting members to submit ideas and articles; 

3) he called upon Diane Whitney to announce the slate of candidates for 2016/17 THS officers and Board Members; 

4) he asked for a show of hands to show preferences for the date of the May annual meeting: the tentative date chosen was May 7 [but this changed later to May 14]. 

David then introduced our speaker for the evening, THS Member Doug Smith, with a presentation titled “The Murder of Nicholas Ware Eppes”.

Approved Minutes for March 10, 2016 THS Meeting

posted May 17, 2016, 8:25 PM by Andrew Waber   [ updated May 17, 2016, 8:29 PM ]

The March 10, 2016 meeting of the Tallahassee Historical Society began at 7:01 pm, with President Dave Lang asking for a show of hands of first time visitors, whom he invited to join the Tallahassee Historical Society (by seeing Alva Stone, our Treasurer). Jon Whitney has volunteered to help with our incorporation. Beth LaCivita moved adoption of the March minutes as amended, and Maurice seconded the motion. Alva gave the Treasury Report: On 2/11/16 we had $5,028.83; Dues income totaled $120 and Refreshment expenses cost $50, leaving $5,098.83 on March 10, 2016. Alva also announced that the National Genealogical Society will hold its annual conference in Florida this year, in Fort Lauderdale. 

Charlotte came for the talk on the Grove, and asked about our museum. Dave responded, saying a blue-ribbon committee is working on it. We voted to pursue incorporation, maybe in a month {update: our 1990s TaxID expired, so we will apply for another and pursue Florida incorporation as a non-profit, then a 501(c)(3) through IRS}. INIE will be in the Mary Brogan Museum this summer, encouraging nonprofits to use the space.  {Update: THS will work with them to have speakers/presenters on four evenings between July and October.} Mary May spoke about the exhibits committee and asked for any others interested to see her after tonight's presentation. 

Johnathan Grandage is the Executive Director of the Call/Collins House at The Grove. Claude introduced Johnathan at 7:09. He has worked as Archives Historian on the Florida Memory Project at the Florida State Archives and has studied Environmental History and Latin American History at FSU. He has spoken to THS previously about the Seminole and Mikasuki tribes of the 19th and 20th century. Maurice started the video camera by 7:12. 

The video ended at 8:10 and Johnathan answered questions from the attendees. In 1888, Southern Forestry merged with the American Forestry Conference. Governor Call's daughter Ellen Call Long was the first to 
publish support of controlled burning, and criticized short-sighted politicians. A photograph helps identify the date of the modern historic building front steps. The present steps are from a 1952 Florida room addition with steps up the center, from city permits. In the 1870s, the stairs were to the left of center with glassed silkworms behind the porch. We recently replaced the decking, but the supports are from the 1870s. PAST helped in a most unusual archaeological dig in a cistern. The dogtags of Joseph Razat(sp?) were found. Leroy Collins had served in the Navy after buying the house. Mr Aldrich added liquor bottles near the tags. We tracked down Joseph's relatives and returned the tags to the family. The building has been on the National Register of Historic Buildings since 1972. How successful were the silkworms? We don't know if Ellen had the right species for commercial success. She made a f lag for Governor Perry, which was taken along on travels around the country as a sample of Florida silk. Ask me more afterwards. Adjourned at 8:20.

Dave: Next month Doug Smith will speak about the School Superintendent Nicholas Ware Eppes assassination in 1904. Please help to stack chairs and enjoy refreshments.

Approved Minutes for February 11, 2016 THS Meeting

posted Apr 8, 2016, 1:31 PM by Romas S   [ updated May 14, 2016, 7:16 AM by Andrew Waber ]

The Tallahassee Historical Society’s February meeting started with President Dave Lang asking for a show of hands from newcomers, inviting non-members to join the THS. Alva Stone gave the treasurer’s report. Last month’s balance of $4,999.05 was increased by $80 in dues payments and reduced by $50.22 for refreshment expenses, leaving a new balance of $5,028.83. Secretary Romas Sparkis asked for emailed minutes of the previous month's meeting to be accepted: Claude Kenneson moved to accept the minutes and the motion was seconded; the motion passed by acclamation.

Dave said we are working on a new museum. It will attract tourists, school classes and members of our community. Let’s applaud the anonymous donor of our sound system. Announcements: Myra Blanchard encouraged all to come to the Tallahassee railroad depot on Friday, 2/19/16 from about 2pm to greet the train promoting the return of passenger service from New Orleans to Jacksonville, through Tallahassee.

Alva was introduced by Dave. Claude was thanked for the great article submitted to the Chronicle, which probably brought many of tonight’s visitors. Alva’s great-great-great grandfather worked in the Freedman's Bureau. Another ancestor owned the building in Monticello where tonight’s subject lived. Board member Maurice Majszak started recording Alva's presentation and her YouTube intro. His digital video capture ended by 8:29. Dave reminded all that Johnathan Grandage will tell us about the Grove next month.


Minutes by Romas Sparkis,
THS Secretary

Approved Minutes for January 14, 2016 THS Meeting

posted Feb 26, 2016, 3:33 PM by Tallahassee Historical Society   [ updated Feb 26, 2016, 3:44 PM ]

The Tallahassee Historical Society's January meeting started at 6:55, with President Dave Lang thanking visitors for attending. He asked the 3 Chandler family members to introduce themselves. One mentioned that the flier needs correcting, because it was Gilbert Chandler who started building motels, not Herb. Dave asked new and renewing members to talk to Treasurer Alva Stone about paying dues.

Alva reported that the Treasury had $4,471.88 at the November meeting, then we received $280 in dues, and refreshments cost $75.73 leaving a balance of $4,676.15 in December. During the last 4 weeks we received $340 in dues income and spent $17.10 on supplies for a balance of $4,999.05. The holiday party receipts are still outstanding. We have 8 copies of the program list for the next 3 meetings, for anyone who wants to pick up a copy.

Dave asked if we have any new members. Sid Cooper lives near Myers Park and played here on this lot as a kid, before Governor Martin's house was built.

Secretary Romas Sparkis moved that the minutes be accepted as corrected after circulating before the December meeting. Laura Jernigan seconded the motion; the minutes were accepted without objection.

Dave informed attendees that THS is working on starting a museum of Tallahassee and Leon County history. The Waterworks building has been our target and is on the National Register of Historic Buildings. Please talk it up.

Vice President Diane Whitney sent around a sign up list for bringing snacks for our February, March or April meetings. Receipts will be reimbursed.

Mary May's committee for creating an exhibit for display at various other museums started with a list of interested names in November, but will meet in the Arts and Innovation gallery of the R.A. Gray Building at 1 pm on January 24th. We will discuss and create exhibits.

Dave introduced Deborah Desilets, to speak about the history of Dixie Highway and the Tin Can Tourist movement, highlighting the Gilbert S. Chandler Tourist Camp, south of the Capitol. Maurice Majczak attached the video camera at 7:11 as the microphone was given to Deborah.

Deborah ended up at 8:09 by saying that when the historic marker is being installed, the top of the adjacent parking deck is available for rent, for a party and perhaps as a 'tin can tourist' camp site.

Afterwards, Lonnie Mann told us about a bill being considered by the legislature this month. Charlie Stone is sponsoring the House bill and Senator Dane in the Senate, which would allow anybody to apply for a permit and collect archaeological artifacts from all State-owned rivers and lakes, including rare historic pieces for sale for profit, from resources belonging to the people of Florida. Please contact these and your legislators to tell them how bad this is for Florida.

Next month's meeting will be about the diary of an agent of the Freedmens Bureau, presented by Alva Stone. The meeting ended at 8:12.

Notes taken by Romas Sparkis,
Secretary


Approved Minutes for November 12, 2015 THS Meeting

posted Feb 2, 2016, 3:36 PM by Romas S

The Tallahassee Historical Society’s Second Thursday Monthly Meeting on November 12, 2015 drew a large crowd that exceeded 80 attendees. President Dave Lang started the meeting a little bit before 7 pm by asking any members of the Chaires family to stand up, and about 6 stood up, to the applause of the attendees. At 7:00, Treasurer Alva Stone gave the Treasurer’s report: starting with $4,549.55 on 10/8/15, income of $190 (from member dues) and expenses of $267.70 (for rental fees and refreshments) left a balance of $4,471.85. Secretary Romas Sparkis quickly read the minutes from the October meeting, and one of the attendees provided the missing last name for Diane Swegman from Indiana, who was new at our October meeting. Vice President Diane Whitney announced that she attended Archaeology Day at San Marcos de Apalachee Historic State Park on October 24th with Claude Kenneson and Alva Stone.

Dave mentioned that we are trying to get a museum. Mary May gave an update regarding the Old Waterworks Restoration and how the KCCI, the City, the County and COCA are looking for ways to convert the Waterworks to accommodate a variety of cultural groups while being self-sustaining. No one organization would be responsible for the site. At a COCA meeting on Monday, November 9th, there were several groups saying they could make use of that space right now. Mary suggested that they leave room for the Tallahassee Historical Society to provide some exhibits,  and COCA seemed receptive to that idea.

These are some of the points covered:
The City (Community Redevelopment Agency--CRA) has $5 million available to use to restore the waterworks building; COCA will be working with KCCI, which has selected a team to "re-imagine" a use for the building.
City, CRA, COCA & KCCI hope to turn it into a hub for a variety of cultural activities that will attract locals & tourists, and will be self-sustaining & produce revenues over the long run. So far, most of the talk has centered around developing it as an arts center. 
The CRA must sell the three properties south of Gaines St--old jail, two Bloxham Annex buildings--in order to (direct quote here:) "balance the funds of its two redevelopment areas"....proceeds of the sale "must be returned to the Frenchtown/Southside" development projects. COCA officials mentioned that whoever buys those parcels MAY build according to their wishes, which could mean multiple-housing and/or a restaurant.

Mary continued that all who spoke referred to what they have available. Lemoyne Art Museum, Civil Rights displays, FSU, etc. THS needs to develop a portrayal of our history. Are any attendees interested in brainstorming to research and create a display? Many of you have the talents. Mary has her own personal curiosity to present and educate. Let Mary know if you’re interested. Five raised their hands, so Mary circulated paper to collect names and contact info. The brainstormers can be non-members too. It should be fun and productive.

Dave says, wherever you go, talk it up and ask others to do so. He recently spoke with KCCI and THPS. THS has recently started to go out to community centers to talk about history in their areas. Let us know if you want a talk. New business? The City has put out a call for Waterworks occupants, and some are museums, but another restaurant we don't need. At the end of this meeting, please help put chairs away.

Bob Holladay introduced Sharyn Heiland Shields at 7:14, speaking from her upcoming book about 'The Lost Legacy of Benjamin Chaires', which will be published soon. As part of her anthropology research, she got access to Verdura Plantation, owned by the St Joe Company. Bob distributed a signup sheet for the 400 printings of this book. Sharon started her presentation at 7:17 and asked if there were any questions at 8:29. Bob asked if anyone has seen the photo of Sarah Chaires among the Verdura columns recently. The photo was moved from a display in 1975, but nobody seems to know where. The Videotaping was done by 8:41. After the meeting, Claude circulated a sign-up sheet for help cleaning up the cemetery again this winter. Questions ended by 8:46, when refreshment consumption resumed.

Notes taken by Romas Sparkis,
THS Secretary


Approved Minutes for October 8, 2015 THS Meeting

posted Feb 2, 2016, 3:21 PM by Romas S   [ updated Feb 2, 2016, 3:32 PM ]

The Tallahassee Historical Society’s Second Thursday Monthly Meeting on October 8, 2015 started at 7:03 pm. President Dave Lang asked: do we have any new members? Diana Swegman, from Decatur, Indiana was involved in their Historic Society before returning to Florida. Doug Smith is a 7th generation Floridian, descended from the Hales who arrived in 1828 and Saxons who came in 1833. Curtis Castner moved here in 1986 during High School. Bud Spence's dad had the oldest ferry in Perry. Mike and Amy Hudson came from the genealogical society, where they met Alva, who then gave the Treasurer’s Report.


We ended on May 17th with $4833.75. After receiving $40 for dues, less approximately $170 for the picnic and about $130 for the video camera, that leaves $4549.55 on October 8th. Romas stated that May’s meeting minutes had been approved by email, and delivered by Claude to the Florida Archives during the summer. Dave said the Steering Committee for a Leon County history museum will meet Thursday, 10/15, with 6 attendees: Jay Revell from the Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority (TDIA), Althemese Barnes of the Riley Museum, Katie McCormick of Strozier Library, Roger Crawford of Springtime Tallahassee, Dave and Mary Alma Lang. Alice will join at a later meeting. We will collect relics from attics before they are tossed. State Archives have lots of relics, but no room to display them.


Alva reported on plans for the 10/24 Archaeology Day at St Marks. Claude made announcements of upcoming events: on 10/14 Dave Lang will speak at 11:00 am at Wildwood Presbyterian Church on How Bradfordville Began (primarily with plantations). The State Archives will hold 10/13 workshops on preserving photos, and researching African American ancestors at 7 pm. Both are free.


Dave sent thanks to Johnathan Grandage for our tours of the Grove. We need 4 more folks to sign up for refreshments for before and after one meeting. Maurice will bring November fireballs. We also need help storing chairs after each meeting.


Sean McGlynn told us of an historic marker being dedicated to his grandfather Ernst Dohnanyi on 10/23, when the Hungarian Secretary of State will be coming to Dohnanyi’s former residence on Franklin St at Beverly Ct. Professor Dohnanyi had been conductor of the Hungarian State Orchestra. Tallahassee gave him Refuge from the Soviet regime and he finished composing much of his music here. Bela Bartok was one of his students; a museum exhibit in Hungary has him next to Franz Liszt. Visit 568 Beverly Ct to learn more by reading the historical marker. 

Maurice then began capturing Bob Holladay’s presentation on digital video, entitled The Gentle Madness of Book Collecting.


Notes taken by Romas Sparkis,

THS Secretary


Approved Minutes for May 16, 2015 THS Meeting

posted Jul 13, 2015, 9:02 PM by Romas S   [ updated Jul 13, 2015, 9:03 PM ]

May 16, 2015 Annual Picnic and Election Meeting of the Tallahassee Historical Society


This year’s picnic was held on a day of good weather, in the yard of President Dave Lang, on his and Mary Alma’s 1829 farm northeast of Tallahassee. Rabbi Stanley Garfein led a prayer before we started eating. After much tasty food was consumed and many histories exchanged, Dave called the business part of the meeting to order. Dave thanked the Board for all their work this past year. He mentioned that we had several good programs this year, including Vice President Diane Whitney‘s performance at Knott House, Bill Leseman’s lesson on the history of Tallahassee’s WaterWorks, Mary May’s presentation on a lesser-known history of African Americans in Tallahassee; somebody added that Dave did a good presentation on the Leon County Courthouse as well. David reminded us of the record turnout for the Sims murders program (which overflowed the City Council Chambers), and he looks forward to more programs like that in coming years.


The minutes of the April meeting were approved. The treasurer’s report mentioned that after the previous balance of $4,174.16, $160 in dues was deposited, minus $30.41 for buying checks, leaving a balance of $4,303.75.


We heard about progress on getting the WaterWorks building for The Museum of Tallahassee History from Mary May and Dave Lang. They met with the City’s Community Redevelopment Agency’s Executive Director Roxanne Manning. Mary was directed to go see other Departments all over the City. The City has plans, but nobody has moved in yet. They advise that we think small for now, using one of several small buildings available near Cascades on Gaines. Plan budgets on a small scale. Dave is more optimistic. COCA had their eye on the building after we announced our interest in December. Dave thinks that COCA now wants the old Coca Cola plant on S Monroe instead. Alva asked if a committee will start a plan? Dave asked Jay Revell of Downtown Tallahassee, and Roger Crawford of Springtime Tallahassee, and asked that we all come up with more suggestions for folks to sit on a community committee. We need an archivist and architect and grant writer. We also need clout. And we can work over the summer even though our membership won't meet until October. First we answer: will we have a history museum? If so, then where? For Tallahassee’s 2024 bicentennial, we want to be there and near Cascades.


New business: Claude Kenneson read the candidates from the nominating committee. Dave Lang for President again, Diane Whitney for Vice-president again, Romas Sparkis for new Secretary and Alva Stone for Treasurer again. Claude will be Past-President again (or President for Life, as suggested by Dave) Lynn McLarty is a new candidate for At-Large Board Member as is Maurice Majszak. Rabbi Stanley Garfein moved we elect the slate and Mary Alma Lang seconded. The officers were elected by acclamation.

Alva announced she has forms for new members, and will take cash or checks for annual dues. Guests who were brought included Tish with Craig Willis. Wade Birch introduced ‘another bride named Rita’, who accompanied him. Dr Will Guzmán said he teaches and brought his bride. Shirley brought her groom. Mary May thanked Dave's bride for their hospitality and wonderful picnic. There being no further business, dessert ensued.


Minutes drafted by Romas Sparkis,
THS Secretary


Approved Minutes for April 9, 2015 THS Meeting

posted Jun 2, 2015, 10:25 PM by Romas S   [ updated Jun 2, 2015, 10:32 PM ]

Tallahassee Historical Society Minutes for April 9, 2015

President Dave Lang called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. New members of the THS were asked to stand and introduce themselves and two did. Dave announced that we had six new members total from our March meeting and 132 e-mails received about it. We had five guests.

Betty Green from the Wakulla County Historical Society spoke briefly of their restoration efforts and invited all present to a fundraiser scheduled for April 25, 2015 at Wakulla High School. Their next meeting is April 14 in the library south of Crawfordville.

Alva gave the Treasurer’s Report: beginning balance was $4768.95, ending balance $4704.16.

The February and March minutes were voted on and accepted.

OLD BUSINESS

Mary May reminded us all that today is the 150th anniversary of the surrender of General Lee to General Grant at Appomattox Courthouse and the 73rd anniversary of the fall of Bataan to the Japanese army.

She then told us that we have the tentative support of some city officials for our planned Museum of Tallahassee History, and have been presented with other options for the site if the Waterworks building is not available. Board members will hear a presentation from Dave & Mary this month on the issue. Members are urged to show commitment to the project – Dave has a meeting scheduled with the Springtime Tallahassee organization. The Tallahassee Garden Club and Kiwanis were recommended as possible partners.


Minutes Submitted by Laura Jernigan,

THS Secretary


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