|Hamilton County Historical
Alliance met at Ellsworth Public Library on Saturday, January 21, 2017.
The meeting was called to order at 10:02 am. There were 17 in attendance.
Roll call theme was ‘How was your
town named and who was it named for?’. Members from each
town reported on the theme question. The minutes were read
and approved with a motion by Johnson and a second by Steffen.
Constitution Articles were discussed, and some changes were suggested.
Changes will be made, and it will be reviewed again at the next meeting.
Discussions and Information Sharing:
* Rebecca Mines spoke about the Hamilton Hometowns
brochures that she had put together. Sources were History of Hamilton County,
1995 edition, and the 1912 Lee’s edition. Some changes were made
to the Stagecoach and mills brochures. Rebecca encouraged members to get
information to her on any changes that might need to be made, and also
to attain information to be able to cite resources.
* A donation has been made for a project that
would involve signs being made and posted at locations listed in the brochures.
They would have information about the locations. A committee is currently
* Jewell museum has received 3 grants. Electrical
system has been upgraded. Furnace and air conditioning system has been
checked out and it is working well. Carpet has been cleaned. One of the
bathrooms in the basement is being upgraded. A contractor has examined
the building in order to provide a quote for making it handicap accessible.
A grant request has been submitted to Enhance Hamilton County. They have
church pews for sale for $175 each.
* There is a screenshot of contact information
under ‘Links’ on the Ellsworth History website. Alan will delete whoever
does not want their contact information on it.
* State Association Preservation of Iowa Cemeteries
(SAPIC) meeting will be held at the Randall city hall on July 8.
* Rebecca will be starting work on a brochure
of Hamilton County country schools.
* An idea was shared about publicizing a request
for pictures and articles of historical interest, either for donation or
for scanning and returning. Anyone that would like to have contact information
with the article may do so, others may have them contact city hall. It
was suggested a policy be in place with guidelines as to what will be accepted.
Legalities of accepting donations were discussed. Information was shared.
* Ken has access to several items that would
be beneficial for archiving and can be used if needed.
Meeting Adjourned at 11:03 AM.
Next Meeting: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 10:00 AM –
Montgomery Memorial Library in Jewell
Submitted by Debra Caudle