2017-09-07 / Celebrations & Milestones

Elkton Area Historical Society meeting notes


ELKTON - The Village of Elkton hosted Art in the Park, Saturday, July 15 in Ackerman Memorial Park. The event featured a Quilt Show featuring quilt displays from local quilters, among other activities in the park. 
Photo by John Bonke ELKTON - The Village of Elkton hosted Art in the Park, Saturday, July 15 in Ackerman Memorial Park. The event featured a Quilt Show featuring quilt displays from local quilters, among other activities in the park. Photo by John Bonke ELKTON - President Randy Haley called the Elkton Area Historical Society Aug. 22 meeting at the Elkton Heritage Center to order, with the pledge to the flag, with 13 people in attendance. The June 27 meeting minutes were approved, with corrections to the treasurer’s report. Peggy gave the treasurer’s report, which was accepted.

Recent donations received included: a handmade Ojibway Indian dress by Jody and Dennis Walker; a circa 1920 handmade quilt from the civic center made for Garfield and Lela Ackerman and donated by George and Virginia Ackerman; and a Darnley Craig poster donated by Marilyn Smithers, who also has a kerosene oven and stove top to be donated.

To make room upstairs in the chancel area, a motion was made and accepted to take the buffet cabinet and the pulpit to B & K Auction and put the organ in storage. If the items do not sell at auction, they will be offered to other societies.

The ice cream freezer in the cabin that was used during log cabin day will be moved out for Autumn Fest so the owners can use it.

Ideas for a “Blue Man” display ready hopefully by Museum Weekend. Ideas include a silhouette or a mannequin of the Blue Man.

In other business, the hand pump will be worked on, with discussion on the size of a water tank with no decision made. Also, Frankenmuth Credit Union has grants available.

Randy announced he will step down as president effective at the end of October. New officers will be elected at that time.

A vote was taken on the domain name for the website. By unanimous decision: elktonhistoricalsocietymi.org.

Diane will work with Agnes on shared fliers for the shared weekend.

Two new sponsors this year are Connie and Neil Herford and Donna and Dale Schuette. Donna will oversee the bake sale.

The next county historical meeting will be on Thursday, Oct. 12 at Bay Port, at Geiger and Kuhl Roads.

The next Elkton Area Historical Society meeting will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 26 at the Elkton Heritage Center.

For the July 25 meeting at the heritage center, there were 11 people in attendance. President Randy Haley called to order, with the pledge to the flag.

The minutes of the June 27 meeting were approved unanimously. Peggy gave the treasurer’s report, which also was approved unanimously.

It was reported that Elkton Art in the Park started slow, but ended on an up note, with the quilts on the fence a big attraction.

A donation was received for a CD of the graduating class of 1958. A sign will be made and hung on the quilt frame noting the donors of funds for materials and labor. Randy noted that York Street will be paved by Autumn Fest.

Plans for Autumn Fest include mums for sale. Also, the Heritage Center, cabin and barn will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Diane reported on Museum Weekend, Sept. 23-24. The committee met on Monday, July 24. Diane presented a tentative schedule including activities the village is planning to have. On Saturday, all three buildings will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.. There will be horse-drawn hayrides, a spinning wheel demonstration as well as candle making and a bake sale. The petting zoo will be set up. At noon, there will be a horseshoe tournament. And the “base ball” game on Sunday.

In New Business: Randy requested that members give some thought to next year’s budget and projects; suggestions included: labeling items in the museum, computer program to catalogue items, and smaller televisions with built-in DVD players.

Pam suggested having a “Blue Man” exhibit for Halloween, which will be considered.

The windmill needs to be rebuilt with a pump and reservoir; a budget is needed. Fred offered to donate a chain link fence. Ed suggested if nuts and bolts are needed, to check with the farm stores. Diane felt is should be done at a way of preserving history for the future. After some discussion, more research will be done to see if it is feasible.

Regarding the construction of the blacksmith shop, Peggy suggested using memorial donations to build it. Randy suggested making hooks and nails for visitors. Pam made a motion to name the blacksmith shop “The Hans Hellwig Memorial Blacksmith Shop” or the barn to honor Hans’ memory. Gail supported the motion and it carried unanimously.

Fred brought up bringing the shed in from the Schuette farm, which will be researched. He stated he would redo the hand pump by the cabin.

Randy stated a theme is needed for Elkton: “The Lumber Capital of the Thumb” or “The Thumb Saw Mill Town” - with research to be done.

Gail stated that the Huron County Community Foundation Grants are available.

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