Historical society holds annual meeting

Posted 2/2/22

The Stanley Area Historical Society held their 2021 Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 22. The meeting was called to order at 12:45 pm with President Dave Jankoski presiding. Minutes from the Annual …

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Historical society holds annual meeting


The Stanley Area Historical Society held their 2021 Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 22. The meeting was called to order at 12:45 pm with President Dave Jankoski presiding. Minutes from the Annual Meeting held on January 23, 2021 were presented by Acting Secretary Cheryl Kern-Simirenko, with approval following. Treasurer, Jim Ericksen, again presented a detailed income and expenditure report covering the calendar year 2021. The major expenditure of the year was the tuck-pointing of the original school building that resulted in an expenditure of $3,500. After last year’s annual meeting, a generous donor stepped forward and paid off the remaining roof debt and contributed $1,500 towards the tuck-pointing project. There are no outstanding debts/bills, so the Building Fund is once again receiving donations for future expenditures, one of which is expected to be a furnace in the original building. Ericksen also reported the only old lighting needing to be replaced is inside exhibit cases and as they are opened, it is replaced. Total income in 2021 was up slightly to $45,859 and total expenditures were $28,666. It was noted that the income figure was larger due to the large donations for the roof and tuck-pointing projects ($6,500). It was also noted that the memorials to the Trust Fund, at $14,275, were larger than normal and that they go directly into that fund. After his reports were approved, Ericksen was applauded for his efficiency as treasurer. In a Buildings and Grounds report, it was noted that the December 15 tornado caused no known damage to the museum buildings. Electricity was off several days and the building’s temperatures were being monitored for the danger of frozen pipes. New landscaping was done, between the 2012 addition and the 1987 Farming and Logging Building, by the Stanley-Boyd High School landscaping class. Lawn care and snow removal are being handled satisfactorily by the current contractor.

John Pozdell and Jankoski managed to again accomplish the fall cleanup around the property.

It was noted that the prairie grass will need to be burnt in early spring.

In his 2021 Annual Recap of the historical society activity, President Jankoski noted that regular quarterly meetings had been held in 2021 and that the museum was open each weekend during June, July, August and September.

He thanked the 50 docents who worked this year. Visitor numbers were 562 during the year.

Again, because of the pandemic no programs/ presentations were held during 2021. Volunteers working during the off season were down, but some have now returned. He noted that the museum had another University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire intern this past summer. He ended by again thanking the membership for their continued financial support, and the Board of Directors for lending their support to the efforts of SAHS.

The Digitization Work Group regrouped in the fall and they are still looking for more help with photographing artifacts and adding them to Past Perfect files. Work continues on enhancing the achieves catalog and they continue adding high school memorabilia and new artifacts donated to the museum. Cheryl Kern-Simirenko reported that her involvement with a Wisconsin Historical Society organized strategic planning group has concluded with the development of documents and guides in final formal to become a part of a digitization toolkit on Recollection Wisconsin.

Kern- Simirenko also reported on the work of Eric Mehnert, the museum’s summer intern.

It was noted that he returned to work weekends through September. She will soon be in communication with the Public History Department at UW-Eau Claire and it is hoped SAHS will again be able to offer an internship to another student.

Finances were approved for a paid internship.

Betty Plombon sent word that she and Judy ANNUAL MEETING

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Judnic are not planning any new exhibits in 2022, but will be enhancing a few existing ones. In 2021, two local businesses were presented history boards on their buildings. The two boards were presented to Stanley Truck Sales of 515 N. Broadway and The Muffler King located at 301 E. Maple Street. The boards present a history of the past owners and the businesses that were operated at the locations. Plombon noted that possible 2022 programs could be wedding dresses and the local KKK, if the pandemic subsides.

In announcements, and other actions, the 2021 Financial Audit will again be conducted by Connie Pozdell, Donna Endru, and Joyce Boie. The January newsletter featured color and the overall response of the membership has been very positive. Attendees made comments and one note from a member was read. It was moved and approved to continue printing the newsletter in color. Discussion on adoption of the proposed logo published in the January Newsletter took place. Following the discussion it was moved, seconded and approved for adoption. Jankoski reported on the November meeting of the Clark County Historical Society that was held at the Woodland Hotel in Owen. The meeting site enabled attendees to tour the historic hotel and view the restoration work taking place. The June meeting of the Clark County Historical Society will be held at the Jail Museum in Neillsville. Jankoski handed out copies of the proposed updates to the organizations By-Laws. Discussion of the mostly minor updates was held. Copies are available at the museum for anyone interested in learning more. The updates will again be on the April Quarterly Meeting Agenda for additional discussion and a vote to adopt or reject the changes.

Annual elections returned incumbent Sharon Wundrow as secretary and Jim Ericksen as treasurer. Returned to the Board of Directors were Betty Plomobn, John Pozdell and Cheryl Kern-Sirmirenko. Jankoski thanked the board members for their support and willingness to serve.

The next regular meeting of SAHS will be held on Monday, April 25, 2022, at 7 p. m. In closing, President Jankoski thanked those who participated in the potluck and for their attendance on such a cold Saturday.

Following the Annual Meeting Jankoski did a presentation on the outstanding Arrowhead Collection donated by the Walter Miller Family. Look for an article in The Stanley Republican next week on that presentation.