LACEY HISTORICAL COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
July 2, 2012 - 6:00 p.m.
Lacey City Hall - Council Chambers
Commission: Ken Dean, Matthew Connor, Shirley Binkley, Rosalie Raps Melnick, and Kristina Trebil. Kristina was introduced as our newest commissioner, who was appointed by the City Council on June 28, 2012.
Staff: Lori Flemm
Public: Diane Dean
Historical Society: Shirley Dziedzic
The meeting was called to order at 6:06 p.m. by Ken Dean, Interim Chair.
Appoint interim chair of meeting: Ken Dean moved that Matthew Connor be appointed interim chair.
Motion: Appoint Matthew Connor Interim Chair.
The motion was seconded and unanimously approved.
No additions or deletions to the agenda.
The June 4, 2012 minutes were approved and placed on record.
a) Diane updated the Commissioners on Roger Easton’s health. Roger’s sister, and his brother, Terry, made the difficult decision to take Roger off life support this afternoon. At 6:52pm Diane got a phone call that Roger has passed away. The Commissioners observed a moment of silence for Roger, then several commissioners said what an exceptional person and historian Roger was, his passing is “our loss”. “Roger was the thread that brought everyone in Thurston County together”.
b) Lori announced that the draft CLG Strategic Plan for Washington State was just sent out tonight. Commissioners were asked to review the draft and reply to Amber with any feedback by July 20.
c) Shirley Binkley passed around the National Preservation Conference ‘Beyond Boundaries’ Registration Packet for Oct. 31 – Nov. 3 in Spokane.
d) Lori passed around the City of Lacey’s Preservation Program brochure, which was updated for June 2012 by Matthew. Ken spotted an error in the date that the Jacob Smith House was established and recommended that it be corrected to ‘1859.’
a) Lacey Historical Society: Shirley Dziedzic stated that each of the Historical Society board members has a month assigned to attend the Commission meetings, she has July and is so glad because July is such an exciting month for our Commission. Shirley reported that the Society is working on their newsletter which comes out in August. Many people have commented on the new format and have responded with stories from the past.
The annual meeting is the last Tuesday in September, and will have a ‘race track’ theme to support the depot project. The Interact Club from Timberline High School will be servers again in 2012. Matthew Connor was emcee at the 2011 annual meeting, which also supported the depot project and had a dining car theme.
b) Others: None
Lori sent a letter to Professor Seong at Saint Martin’s University thanking him for the work his students did for the City on the Jacob Smith House Project.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
June 28 City Council meeting, 7:00 p.m.: Kristina Trebil was appointed to the vacant term on the Historic Commission. Kristina served for one year on the Mason County Historical Committee. Kristina is familiar with our community, having worked at Providence St. peter Hospital in the Sunshine House for 13 years. She has lived in Lacey for one year, but lived in Olympia for 13 years, where she served on the Olympia South Capitol Neighborhood Association. We welcome Kristina onto our Commission.
a) $5,000 grant awarded for Himes Diary Digitization and Transcription Phase 2 (Progress Update): Roger finished the transcription, and put forth a huge effort on the diaries. Ken asked if we could publish the diaries. Diane stated that she thought the terms of the contract would not allow us to do that. We will ask Amber when she returns from vacation.
b) Jacob Smith House Plan Schedule: Lori briefly described the process and asked for a volunteer to serve on the evaluation panel. Rosalie expressed interest, but said she would allow anyone with more time to take the spot. Kristina also volunteered to serve on the evaluation panel.
c) General and Youth Commissioner Recruitment: One application has been received at this time. The Deputy City Clerk checked with all who applied for the Library Board to ask if interested in the Historical Commission and one person would like to. Mayor Clarkson and Lori Flemm interviewed Arianna Rivera on Friday. Mayor Clarkson will recommend her appointment to the City Council at the July 12 meeting.
It was noted that with the loss of Roger, much knowledge of local history has been lost. His passing also leaves a critical vacancy, that of a professional commissioner, on the Commission, which is necessary to maintain our CLG status. Several commissioners offered to ask the local colleges and ask architects if they are interested in serving.
a) Draft Museum Master Plan Outline: The Commissioners reported several typographical errors and suggested some revised language. Matthew Connor will be serving as an intern this summer; one of his duties will be to draft the remaining sections of the master plan.
b) Feedback from Matthew: Matthew stated that the Historical Commission is the favorite service opportunity that he has been involved with. This opportunity has made him more confident, and feels more confident talking in front of others. Knowledge is pouring out of adults, and he likes the break from conversations with teens to discuss items that interest him with adults. It is great to be surrounded by people with a sense of civic duty. Matthew has come to love all of us like his extended family.
Matthew’s tips for success for Youth Commissioners:
1. Take notes, especially if you don’t understand what is being said. You can read your notes and ask questions when confused.
2. Success will come in a variety of ways.
3. Suggested to the Commissioners and to Amber that we point the youth commissioner in a direction that give them an opportunity to contribute and makes them feel like they are contributing.
a) Depot: Scope of work is being negotiated to provide the next phase of A&E.
b) Depot Art: Shirley Binkley reported that this committee is on hold.
c) 2012 Depot Fundraiser Performance: we released the date for use by others. Two Commissioners reported that they read that the CFO/accountant for the business agent was embezzling funds from Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam. Shirley suggested that we contact Gretchen Christenson of the Fleetwoods to see if she would consider doing a concert. Fleetwood was the name of the telephone exchange.
d) Thurston County through the Decades: Diane mailed CDs with photos that she gathered from others to several people. Ken moved that we disband the ad hoc committee.
Motion: Disband the ad hoc Thurston County through the Decades Committee.
The motion was seconded and unanimously approved.
STAFF / MUSEUM REPORT
1. Thursday, June 7, Merritt Arch presented the preliminary design for the Lacey Museum at the Depot to the Lacey City Council at a work session. The members were all very enthusiastic and overwhelmingly approved continuing on with Phase 2. Thanks to all of the LHC members who came to the meeting.
2. Amber presented a brief Power Point presentation to the Lacey City Council regarding Lacey as History Month, in particular Thurston County Through the Decades. In addition, Diane Dean was recognized as Lacey Historian of the Year for 2012.
3. Amber also reported that she has begun working on the interior of the current museum building. In addition to having it painted by Chris Baird and Brendan Duffy, the exhibits are being revitalized. The purpose of this project is to freshen up the building while creating a better flow of the exhibits in the main room. Amber anticipates attendance to grow as word gets out about the construction of the new facility. It is her desire to have the museum looking its best through this process.
Lori reported that Rick Walk, Director of Lacey’s Community Development Department would ideally like to have one commissioner and Amber Raney, Museum Curator, heavily involved in the Depot District Sub-area Plan. Shirley Binkley may be interested depending on the day and time of meetings. Shirley Dziedzic mentioned that the Historic Neighborhood is an anchor pin of the district. Kristina mentioned that it is a huge funding advantage to be a Historic District.
A bit of history: A General Store, located in the building where Dominoes is now, was owned by the McGimpseys, who moved to the area in 1960’s. A third of the building was a cold storage locker, where the Korean School is now.
Meeting adjourned at 7:38 p.m.