The Bremer County Historical Society met, Tuesday, June 12th at 7 PM at the museum. Eleven board members were present: Hundley, Huser, Mackamul, Blanchard, Drenkow, Mueller, Walton, Buls, Bell, Hoodjer, Magnall. Curator was present for part of meeting. Absent: Everding and Coffie.
Minutes: Read by Mackamul. Minor correction made. Approved by Walton. Seconded by Drenkow. Motion carried.
Treasurer’s Report: Balance in the checking account is $5,406.99. Huser has set up Quickbooks. He will be emailing the treasurer report out. The cut off will be the previous month. Motion to approve the report by Hoodjer and seconded by Drenkow. Motion passed.
Keeping the Paypal account separate was discussed. Huser reported recent fraud cases have happened. The Paypal account will stay separate.
A motion was made by Drenkow to leave the “Lifetime” Funds in a separate account and turn it into a “Building Fund” account. Bell seconded. Motion passed.
Huser would like board members and volunteers to fill out slips when they sell something.
Curator’s Report: Heinemann reported that the BCHS has an account at Miller Tru-Value. She is on the account along with Hundley and Huser.
Past Perfect Software upgrade was discussed. Iowa Mus. Assoc. is offering 30% discount during July. Blanchard will look into it with Heinemann and come back with a recommendation on whether the cloud version or software upgrade would be better.
The BCHS has been asked if they would put on a program covering the 1950 -60’s in Waverly at the plus-50 reunion. Drenkow made the motion for Magnall, Heinemann, and Walton to investigate the program on whether to do it. Hoodjer made the 2nd. Motion passed.
Heinemann will identify the showcases she would like removed in the dish room. Board members can let the board know if anyone might be interested in one. Buls reported that the elevator is not up to code at the Poor Farm.
Events: Heritage Day Parade – Magnall and Walton are working on costumes. Wooden witch offered is not needed since they are having 2 real ones.
Stagecoach Update – Blanchard recommends hiring Bohlen. Costs are not known. Motion to table Coffie’s motions until board has more information.
Collections: Blanchard has scanned info in Albrecht notebook.
Building: Hundley and Huser have not cut down the yew yet, but will get it down.
Safety Issues: Blanchard reported that there are 20 exit signs that do not light up. One does in the Albrecht Wing. They now come with LED emergency lights and run approx. $25 each. There are 6 fire extinguishers in the building that were recharged in 1999. Recharge vs. replacement was discussed. KIDDE brand is not recommended. The old ones were Badger brand. The building committee will check out replacement ones.
Motion Lights: The small one is not working when lights are on. Hundley showed the board a lighted light switch that is available. Blanchard reported that the 2nd floor motion light quote was coming. After discussion, Walton moved that the $250 Casey grant be used towards the exit lighting instead of a motion light. Hoodjer made the 2nd. Motion carried.
Locks: After discussion, the board decided that more study is needed on locks for the interior doors. Self-closing back doors also will be studied.
Insulation: Hundley has lined up Chris Lee to come look the museum over. Rebates will be looked into. CO and smoke detectors were also discussed.
Other business: Brochures: Mackamul reported she is having enough brochures printed for a year with the membership changes.
Flyer: Inserting in the newspaper would run 7 cents each. Paper circulation is approx. 3,251 and shopper 7,749. Cost of printing the flyer at Karen’s Print-Rite would run $130.50 for 3,300 black ink one side. For all 11,000 it would run $272.94. Set-up runs $45/hour. She passed around a mock-up for the flyer. After discussion, the board decided to wait on the flyer until Everding has Speaker Series going. Blanchard made the motion to let Mackamul send out 40 membership cards that labels were made for. Hoodjer made the 2nd. Motion carried.
School Trips: Hoodjer reported that he has emailed the principals of the elementary schools and middle school. He emailed teachers at the high school level. He has heard back from Sumner, Waverly M.S. and H.S., and Wapsie Valley so far. He will do contacts again in August. Having a slip in the student’s packet with a half-off coupon for when they bring their parents back was discussed.
Bell told the board he will not be making meetings as much this summer, but will help with advice on emails. He will be attending the Nat. Assoc. Preservation Forum Convention in July. It is mostly on architecture.
Grants: Blanchard has applied for 5 Wal-mart grants around the area and Sam’s Club. Each one for $5,000. Mackamul has applied for the National Trust Preservation Funds for $5,000 with a $5,000 cash match for the engineering study on east wall.
Albrecht Room: Blanchard will be meeting with a person from the Chicago Field Museum that is coming to look over the CJ Albrecht Collection.
July 10th is the next meeting at 7 PM to be held at the museum. Adjournment was at 8:35 PM. Blanchard made the motion to adjourn. Magnall the second. All approved.