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Cedar County Historical Society



 September, 2011-Cedar County Historical Society Official Minutes

Vice President Judy Nichols called the monthly meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 17, 2011.  Members present were Nichols, Treasurer Kay Snow, Assistant Treasurer Shirley Hedges, Luella Phipps, Murle Phipps, Dale Goodman, Barbara Goodman, Bob Phillips and Secretary Nancy Smith as well as visitors Margaret Williams and Ken Potts.


Minutes, Treasurer’s Reports and Building Fund Committee’s Reports were approved as read.  Snow has filed our annual Form 990-N with the IRS.  The Publication Committee has finished Lyceum Series:  Caplinger Mills, MO and Lyceum Series:  Stockton, MOLyceum Series:  Bear Creek, MO will be the next booklet in the series.


The program by Gary Ayres of the Missouri Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans about the Civil War in southwest Missouri as well as the purpose and activities of his organization is still on the schedule for Saturday, November 19, at 2:00 p.m.  More details will be available later.  Nichols is also working on a 2012 program on Church Hollow.


Nichols reported on her and Tammy Agee having the museum open on Saturday, September 3.  Snow and Pat Barnes will keep the museum open on Saturday, October 1.    Custody of the Hartley safe has not yet been transferred from D. Goodman to Chris Barber.


The Shady Hill Club had their monthly meeting in the museum on Wednesday, September 14.  Three of their friendship quilts will be on display here this fall; and we thank them for their generous donation to our maintenance fund.


The society has officially been contacted by the City of Stockton about the possibility of the city’s using some of our jail stones in up to three “Welcome to Stockton” signs at the south, east and west entrances of Stockton in conjunction with the city’s sidewalk projects.  The letter did not contain any specific information.


Booth and museum work schedules were passed for the upcoming Black Walnut Festival.  Nichols will set up the tent; and Smith will pack books and other things needed in the booth.


The Publication Committee presented members with the idea of self-publishing the quarterly newsletter thereby bringing the publication of the newsletter under the jurisdiction of the Publication Committee.  Members approved.  Smith will contact LCN Graphics about this decision.


Members also discussed disassociating from the Stockton Community Foundation Endowment Fund but made no decision.  This discussion was tabled until a future meeting.


The donation of seven boxes of various publications from the Greene County Archives in Springfield was approved.  At the last meeting, members voted to add copies of our first three Lyceum Series booklets to our holdings at the Greene County Archives.  Members voted to amend that motion to include copies of all Lyceum Series booklets.


Members are again reminded that dues are now payable for the 2011-2012 membership year.  If they are not paid by the October meeting, you will not receive the October newsletter.


Our 352-page Cedar County, Missouri, History & Families, originally published in 1998, is out-of-print.  We are now maintaining a pre-publication list for people interested in being notified when we’re preparing to reprint this book.  Anyone wanting their name on that list should contact us with their address, telephone number and email address, if applicable.  This list will be for notification purposes only and will not be a commitment to purchase.


The meeting adjourned.  Our next meeting will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 15, at 106 West Davis in Stockton.  Anyone interested in Cedar County history and genealogy is welcome to attend and/or join the Society.  Annual dues are $10.00 (Individual), $20.00 (Family), and $75.00 (Life).  Our museum and research area are open to the public on the first Saturday of each month (April through October) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and by special appointment.  We also perform genealogical and historical research for $10.00 per hour.  Contact us online at, by email at, by mail at P. O. Box 111, Stockton, MO  65785, or by contacting any officer or member.


---Nancy Smith

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