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January 2018

“On Jan. 29, 1657, Leonard Weeks was granted 8 acres.” – from the Hughes’ Family Index.

December 2017 News

Fifteen people attended the regular meeting on December 14th, braving bitter cold, snow, ice, and flu. Members were served a choice of Beef Burgundy, Minestrone Soup, cheese and crackers, fruit, cookies and breads.

Business

Leonard Schwab recapped news of the Town of Greenland’s proposal to the National Endowment for the Humanities Common Heritage grant. The NEH received 68 valid proposals in 2017 but had funding for only 23. Our proposal was declined. Although this was disappointing, the good news is that since October, members of GHS-II have volunteered to work on goals and tasks identified in the proposal. By December 31, Leonard had scanned all 9 bound volumes of the Hughes’ Family Collection sitting in Weeks Library. Next steps include planning for a website. The Society has $170 from dues.

Discussion

Matters of GHS-II structure will be discussed at a future meeting. Annual dues are $10 and there is a need to open a bank account for the society. Karen Mason led a first round of discussion with members about the Society’s mission. Three goals were identified for further consideration: 1.) Preserve: GHS-II aims to digitize documents accumulated by the original GHS and add more, including oral histories. 2.) Educate: Members seek to encourage appreciation for history in general and Greenland history in particular. GHS-II sees opportunity to develop programs of interest to the general public and coordinate study units with classroom teachers. 3.) Be Active. Members have an abiding interest in making the past come alive, connecting names and dates to what can be experienced. Also, we will support the Committee for Greenland’s 300th Anniversary.

Excursions

Outings and other activities, called GHS-II Excursions, will occur in alternate months and times from regular GHS Meetings. An outing to consider for January is featured at right. GHS-II Excursion for March-April time frame: A visit to the Weeks Brick House. Watch for details.

Abbreviated Minutes of December meeting

Members welcomed at 6:35 pm by Karen Mason. Fifteen people attended. Leonard Schwab recapped news on NEH grant and on tasks identified for the Common Heritage grant proposal, currently works-in-progress. There was extended discussion on the purpose of GHS-II, the activities that members would like to support, and the need to identify officers or, at a minimum, a facilitator and treasurer. $100 was received for 10 annual memberships, bringing the number of paid memberships (or donations) to 17, for a total of $170 in the GHS-II treasury. Members helped clean up and return the Parish Hall to pre-meeting conditions. Doors closed at 8:00 pm.

KK Mason, editor