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Items of general interest to members and friends of the Roane County Historical Society
General Interest : RCHS August Meeting Notes
Posted by Linda Cottrell Liss on 2010/9/7 20:03:01 (785 reads)

The Roane County Historical Society, Inc. met Thursday, August 26, 2010 at the Roane County Library for their regular monthly meeting. Mike Hill led an opening prayer and the pledge to the flag was recited.
Carol Board-Westfall, Treasurer, read the minutes from the July meeting and gave the Treasurer?s Report. Johanna Nutter served as secretary, pro tem.
Linda Liss, Membership & Corresponding Secretary, reported the loss by death of one member, bringing membership to 192. Members who had not paid their 2010-11 dues have been contacted.
Carol Cronin, Newsletter Editor, reported that she is working on the Fall Issue of ?The Journal? newsletter . She welcomes articles of historical or genealogical nature for publication.

16th Annual Roane County Genealogical Fair
Saturday, September 25th
9 a.m. ? 3 p.m.
Heritage Park Community Building in Spencer.
Johanna Nutter, Fair Chairperson, reported that she has received several requests from vendors for table-space. Mr. Joe Geiger, Director of W. Va. Division of Culture and History Archives, will be the 10 a.m. guest speaker. As in past years, the American Legion Auxiliary will take care of the food service.
The society is still looking into identifying, reframing and moving several pictures from the society?s library to a vacant wall in the downstairs common area. This will free up wall space for more shelving to store and display additions to the library?s collection.
Also, the society is continuing the process of identifying historic homes, churches and other buildings in Roane County to recognize with a plaque. Any pre-1910 home or building is eligible for inclusion in this ongoing project if it still displays some of its original architectural features. If you own or know of a qualifying structure, please contact Linda Liss at 304-768-2207 or by email at WVRoots@aol.com.
Now that the new school year has begun, the Society will soon be accepting and processing applications for the first annual $500 scholarship to be awarded by the R.C.H.S. Participating Roane County High School seniors will be invited to write an essay on their family history/genealogy. The winning essay will receive the scholarship during the school?s Spring awards ceremony.
Those in attendance were: Carol Board-Westfall, Rick Greathouse, Hazel Gandee, Mike and Shirley Hill, Carol Cronin, Denver Gandee, Johanna Nutter, Wilma Rhodes and Linda Liss.
The next meeting of the Roane County Historical Society, Inc. is scheduled for Thrusday, September 23rd, 7 p.m. at the Roane County Library downstairs. Members are urged to attend and guests are welcome.

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General Interest : Notes from July 22, 2010 Society Meeting
Posted by Linda Cottrell Liss on 2010/8/4 9:00:00 (788 reads)

Historical Society Elects 2010-2011 Officers

The Roane County Historical Society, Inc. met Thursday, July 22, 2010 at the Roane County Library. Rick Greathouse, president, called the meeting to order and led an opening prayer. The pledge of allegiance was recited.

Susan Tucker, secretary pro-tem, read minutes from the June meeting.
Carol Board-Westfall gave the treasurer?s report.
Linda Liss, membership & corresponding secretary, reported one new member, bringing the membership to 193. Annual dues, $12. for the 2010-11 fiscal year are now past due. She will send reminder e-mails and letters to members who have not paid.

Reminder: The 16th Annual Roane County Genealogical Fair will be held on Saturday, September 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Heritage Park Community Building in Spencer. To reserve table space to sell books & other genealogy related materials you may contact Johanna Nutter, Fair Chairperson, at 304-927-0390 or e-mail her at johanna@wvroane.org Cost per table: $10. Those persons needing table space, but not selling anything, need to reserve table space as well.
Mr. Joe Geiger, director of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History Archives, will be our 10 a.m. guest speaker for the fair.

The report from the Nominating Committee was read by Susan Tucker. Those nominated and elected for the 2010-2011 fiscal year are:
President ? Rick Greathouse
1st Vice President ? Jack Nida
2nd Vice President ? Paul Hughes
Recording Secretary ? Susan Tucker
Membership/Corresponding Secretary ? Linda Cottrell Liss
Treasurer ? Carol Board-Westfall

The RCHS is looking into identifying and reframing several photos located in the downstairs area of the library. Susan Tucker will look into prices for the project.

Plaque Project: The Society is still trying to identify historic homes and buildings in the Spencer area to recognize with a plaque. Those pre-1910 buildings, homes, churches may be remodeled but must retain some of their original features to meet the criteria established by the society. If you own or know of a qualifying structure, please contact us at P. O. Box 161, Spencer, WV 25276 or email the corresponding secretary at address below.

The meeting adjourned with refreshments being served to Carol Board-Westfall, Susan Tucker, Rick Greathouse, Bernard and Patty Wyatt, Paul Hughes, Hazel Gandee, Jack and Jean Nida and Linda Cottrell Liss.

The next meeting will be Thursday, August 26 at 7 p.m. at the library, lower level. Members are urged to attend and guests are welcome.

For more information, contact Linda Cottrell Liss at: WVRoots@aol.com.

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General Interest : Report from June 24, 2010 Society Meeting
Posted by Linda Cottrell Liss on 2010/6/28 12:20:00 (841 reads)

Historical Society receives Governor?s Community Participation Grant

The Roane County Historical Society, Inc. met on Thursday, June 24, 2010 in the Roane County Library downstairs meeting room.

The meeting was called to order by Rick Greathouse, President. Jack Nida led the opening prayer and the pledge to the flag was recited.
Susan Tucker, Recording Secretary, pro tem, read the minutes of the May meeting, which were approved unanimously.

Carol Board-Westfall gave the Treasurer?s report.

Linda Cottrell Liss, Membership/Corresponding Secretary, reported the gain of one member for a total membership of 192. Dues, $12, for the 2010-11 fiscal year are payable at this time. She also reported that the ?Historic Buildings in Spencer, WV? brochure has been reprinted, with 100 being sent to the WV Welcome Center at Williamstown, WV per their request.

Old Business:
Susan Tucker reported that a digital photo frame loaded with past genealogy fair photos has been placed at the Roane County Library to help promote the society and the fair. She has ordered two additional digital frames to display photos during this year?s fair.
Susan suggested that a FaceBook on-line site for the Roane County Historical Society be established. With general approval of those present, Susan will take care of this. Also, it was suggested that perhaps older issues of ?The Journal? newsletter be posted to the society?s website. Guidelines need to be drawn up with regard to this proposal.

There is no further report on the Essay Contest Scholarship at this time.

Society member & Roane Co. Delegate, Bob Ashley, presented a 2010 grant award certificate to the society representing a $3,000 Governor?s Community Participation Grant received recently. This is the second year the society has been awarded the grant.
The Society needs to identify additional homes or buildings in the area that were built in or before 1910 for possible recognition with a plaque as we did with the 2009 grant. It was also suggested that perhaps the society recognize the late Congressman, Harry C. Woodyard, [1867-1929]. Woodyard, who served nine terms, was the only U. S. Congressman from Roane County.

A nominating committee, Susan Tucker, Linda Liss and Jack Nida, will prepare & present a slate of officers for the 2010-11 year at the July 22nd meeting for election.

It was noted that several previously unread Roane County cemeteries have been identified and read. There are many updates needed for already read & published cemeteries. Perhaps it is time to compile an additional ?Cemeteries of Roane County, WV? volume.

The meeting adjourned with a 17th Birthday Celebration of the R. C. H. S. Refreshments were served to, Carol Board-Westfall, Rick Greathouse, Susan Tucker, Jack and Jean Nida, Hazel Gandee, Bob Ashley and Linda Cottrell Liss.

Comments and/or questions may be directed to Linda Cottrell Liss, Corresponding Secretary, at WVRoots@aol.com

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General Interest : May 27th Historical Society Meeting
Posted by Linda Cottrell Liss on 2010/6/6 17:40:00 (1016 reads)

Historical Society Adopts a Log at Fort Randolph

On Thursday, May 27, 2010, 7:00 p.m., members of the Roane County Historical Society, Inc. gathered at the Roane County Library, lower level, for their regular monthly meeting. Rick Greathouse, President, called the meeting to order & welcomed those present. Jack Nida led an opening prayer and the pledge to the American flag was recited.
Susan Tucker, Secretary pro tem, read the minutes from the April meeting which were approved. Minutes from the March meeting were also approved.
Carol Board-Westfall gave the treasurer?s report of receipts and disbursements for the month of May 2010.
Linda Liss, Membership and Corresponding Secretary reported that we received four new members in April-May and reports one member?s death, bringing the current membership to 191. Annual dues are due by June 30th. Members are urged to check the mailing label on their last newsletter to confirm their individual expiration date. She also brought the membership up-to-date on correspondence she had received. One in particular from the West Virginia Welcome Center at Williamstown, WV requested 100 of the Historic Buildings in Spencer, WV brochure to display at the Welcome Center. A motion was made and approved to have additional brochures printed to take care of the request.
Carol Cronin, Newsletter Editor, reported that the Volume 17 ? Summer issue of ?The Journal? is a work in progress and should be ready to take to the printer soon.
Carol Board-Westfall reported that two new books have been added to the society?s library: (1) ?Images of America ? Wirt Co., WV? by Richard Lowe, (2) ?Marking Our Past ? WV Historical Highway Markers? published by the State of WV.
We were reminded of the 16th Annual Roane County Genealogy Fair to be held on Saturday, September 25th at the Heritage Center Community Building in Spencer. Additional details will be announced after the June meeting.
There was nothing further to report on the 2011 Genealogy/History Essay Contest Scholarship at this time.
Susan Tucker presented an idea of using Digital Photo Frames loaded with photos of past Genealogy Fairs as an advertisement of the upcoming Fair. She has one loaded with photos and will place it at a strategic Spencer area to announce and advertise this up-coming annual event.
Rick encouraged members to visit the West Virginia GenWeb site, that the site has some recently added features and the Roane County Historical Society?s web site can be located at wvroane.org. We were also reminded that the Roane County Library?s web site has a listing of individual family histories that can be accessed in the Society?s library on the building?s lower level.
Rick Greathouse reported that he attended a war reenactment at Fort Randolph, in Point Pleasant, WV recently. While there he learned that the palisade timbers around the fort are deteriorating and need to be replaced. To that effort an Adopt-a-Log Campaign is in progress. The R. C. H. S. voted to adopt a log in memory of Roane Countian and Revolutionary War veteran, Samuel Tanner. A plaque with the names of donors will be located in the fort?s trading post.
The nominating committee for the R. C. H. S. will meet in June to nominate officers for 2010-11. The election will take place in July 2010.
The meeting adjourned with refreshments being served to those present: Susan Tucker, Carol Board-Westfall, Patty Wyatt, Rick Greathouse, Jack and Jean Nida, Hazel Gandee, Linda Liss, Denver Gandee, and Carol Cronin.
The Society?s annual birthday party will be held at the conclusion of the June 24th meeting. Members are urged to attend and guests are always welcome.

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General Interest : Report from April 22, 2010 Society Meeting
Posted by Linda Cottrell Liss on 2010/5/5 9:31:42 (881 reads)

The Roane County Historical Society, Inc. met on Thursday, April 22, 2010 for their regularly scheduled meeting. Rick Greathouse, President, called the meeting to order.
Susan Tucker served as secretary pro-tem.
Carol Board-Westfall gave the Treasurer?s report for the month of April 2010 and reported that all bills have been paid.
The sending of greeting cards policy was discussed. The practice of sending cards for known member illnesses, family deaths, etc. will be continued.
Carol Board-Westfall reported that one book, The History of Calhoun County WV-1989, published by the Calhoun County Historical & Genealogical Society, has been added to the Society?s library.
Reminder: Please mark your calendars for the 16th Annual Roane County Genealogical Fair, Saturday, September 25, 2010, 9:00 a.m. ? 3:00 p.m. at the Heritage Park Community Building, 110 Church Street in Spencer. This event, sponsored by the R. C. H. S., will have many vendors selling their genealogical books and products.
New business discussion:
Jay and Maggie Volkwein, guest attendees, of Calhoun County, are doing research for a book on Island Run in the Smithfield District of Roane County. They are interested in finding people with stories and/or old photographs of that area. If you have items or stories to share, please contact the Volkwein?s at 18508 South Calhoun Hwy., Orma, WV 25268
Mr. Denver Gandee, guest attendee, Spencer resident and C.S.A. Civil War buff, is searching for information regarding the Civil War service of Confederate soldier Joseph Alexander West, (1820-1890) who is buried at the Goff Cemetery on Goff Hill behind present-day WalMart. Mr. Gandee would like to have a C.S.A. military marker installed in memory of Mr. West?s service. You may contact Mr. Gandee at 304-927-1824 if you have information to share.
Mr. Allen Arnold, guest attendee, led discussion and proposed that the R. C. H. S. sponsor a Cast-Iron Cook-off to be held during Spencer?s Heritage Days Festival next year (May 2011). The event would include community cooking and recipes of old-time cooking in cast iron cookware. No action was taken at this time. Mr. Arnold will gather further information and report back at a future meeting.
Old business discussion:
Essay Contest Scholarship: Claudia Jorgensen reported that she had talked with the guidance counselor at Roane County High School. She received positive feedback for the scholarship to be implemented during the 2010-11 school year. Guidelines will be worked out for prospective essay participants to follow. Mr. Marvin Stemple, who brought the idea of the essay contest to the society, read excerpts from a Harrison County school essay that had won in a previous year?s competition.
Discussion continued with regard to recognizing additional historical buildings or houses built 1910 or before with a bronze plaque. In 2009 the society researched and recognized 18 historic buildings and homes in Spencer with a plaque and a brochure giving their history. If you own or know of a building meeting the 1910 criteria, please contact Carol Board-Westfall at legallady@hughes.net.
Members and guests in attendance were, Rick Greathouse, Carol Board-Westfall, Susan Tucker, Bernard and Patty Wyatt, Okey and Mary Young, Stephanie Poole, Paul Hughes, Denver Gandee, Wilma Rhodes, Brenda Konarski, Claudia Jorgensen, Jay and Maggie Volkwein, Theresa and Madison Parker, Marvin Stemple and Allen Arnold.
The next meeting of the historical society will be held on Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 7 p.m. on the lower level of the Roane County Library. Guests are welcome and members are urged to attend. You may contact Linda Liss, WVRoots@aol.com, for more information.

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