The New Year officially began for the Traer Historical Museum at the annual meeting which was held April 16, 2009. The museum board said farewell to board members Evan Wilson and Terry Edwards.
Evan has been an invaluable resource for the museum. His recollection and knowledge of people, businesses and happenings of the North Tama area has solved many a puzzle at board meetings. He shared a lot of materials to help publish "Soldier Life- Many Must Fall." Evan agreed to continue to serve the board as an honorary historian so that the museum board can take advantage of his historical expertise.
It was noted that in the last three years Terry Edwards served on the board, he contributed greatly to the museum with his leadership, organizational skills, and "fix-it-man" prowess. He has put in many hours on various projects- all done with meticulous care. He has served as president and has been responsible for museum inventory, retyping documents and other assorted projects.
The board thanked both Evan Wilson and Terry Edwards for their service.
The remaining members of the board voted in and welcomed new board members Judy Robb and Jolene Holden. Jolene is a brand new board member and consented to take on the responsibilities of secretary. Judy brings experience to the board and board members expressed gratefulness in her return. Now serving on the museum board are Judy Robb, Jolene Holden, Linda Podhajsky, Tony Weida, Ed Stoakes, Lynn Gruchow, Sharon Stoakes, and John Novak. Officers elected were John Novak, president; Tony Weida vice-president, and Jolene Holden as secretary. Joan Reuman continues as treasurer.
The sale of the book "Soldier Life- Many Must Fall" is doing well. Books have been sold from New York to California. Many buyers have thanked the museum for making the book available. It is an excellent Civil War primary source and full of researched information. It was pointed out that there is a website available done by a Civil War enthusiast which discusses Civil War materials and the site has a review of the book. It is found at the following address: HYPERLINK "http://cwba.blogspot.com/2008/12/booknotes-soldier-life-many-must-fall.html" http://cwba.blogspot.com/2008/12/booknotes-soldier-life-many-must-fall.html
It was also noted that there is also a "fiction based on fact" book about the 14th Iowa Infantry using "Soldier Life" as a reference. BF Thomas is quoted many times. It is available at the Camp Pope book website: http://www.camppope.com/ under new books.
Dirk Dahms and foreign exchange student Sergey Valeryevich Klementyev updated the Traer Historical Museum website. There are many interesting pictures and historical information available. There is also a link to Tyler Dahms' Eagle Scout project which documents graves of St Paul's Catholic Church Cemetery, and also includes other Tama County cemeteries. This is a valuable resource for genealogical research.
Plans were discussed for a hot air balloon fund-raising event at Winding Stairs Festival. More details will be discussed later. Jolene Holden is in charge of arrangements.
It was decided by the Traer Historical Museum board to put in a monthly article in the Traer Star Clipper to let the community know of recent happenings, articles and events of the museum. Comments, questions, or requests for research could be encouraged. Such correspondence should be sent to HYPERLINK "mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org" email@example.com.
The next scheduled meeting will be 7:00 pm on May 21, 2009 at the Traer Historical Museum.