The August 22 meeting of the Traer Museum Board began at the Bradley Building under the Winding Stairs. Robert Lee had been asked to share his opinion on the damaged block windows above the display windows and door entrance, and what options could be pursued to fix them. Mr. Lee told board members the blocks of glass were Frank Lloyd glass, a style designed by the famous architect for allowing filtered light into a building. He then submitted a couple of bids for those options.
The board then went back to the museum and called the meeting to order at 7:16. In attendance were Christy Wicks, Elsa Weida, Sharon Bolt, Sharon Stoakes, Tom Wicks, and Joan Reuman. Tom Wicks and Tony Weida arrived at a later time during the meeting. The meeting minutes and treasurer's reports were given and approved. A letter of resignation at the end of the year was given to the board by Joan Reuman. It was accepted with deep regret.
It was reported that because of reunions and the Winding Stairs Festival, the museum had a wide range of visitors in the last month. Guests were registered from Illinois, Connecticut, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kentucky, Texas, and Maryland. Thank you to all the guests who signed the guest book. Thank you notes will be sent to volunteers who opened the museum during August, to Ed Stoakes for making signage for the museum, and those who furnished pie and worked during Winding Stairs Festival. A thank you note from the Jeannine Smentak family was read.
For old business, it was reported that a little over $400 was made with pie sales. The board accepted the bid of Robert Lee of Dreamland Productions in repairing the block windows of the Bradley Building.
For new business, it was reported that free online classes are available for anyone interested in learning about preserving artifacts. Anyone interested should contact Sharon Stoakes. It was decided to purchase PastPerfect museum software with the purpose of updating the museum inventory. A more current computer will be needed to run the software. Tony Weida shared information on headset tour guides and will bring more information to the next meeting.
The next meeting will be September 19th. Meeting was adjourned at 9:14.