February 13, 2020, 7:00 p.m., Wilder City Building

Submitted by Richard McCormick 18 February 2020


Attendance: 33

President Steve Battistone welcomed members and guests to the meeting and thanked the City of Wilder for use of the building.

Richard McCormick, substituting for Jim Schroer, read the minutes of the previous meeting.

Glen Elsener presented the treasurer’s report, showing a balance of $10,441.73.

Richard reported on gifts and donations, including a Welcome Home Celebration booklet, 1946, from an attendee at the last meeting, items from Steve Roth including color photographs of George Trapp hose, before & after pictures of the Highland Point Development in Highland Heights, a Bank of Alexandria paper wallet, a St. Joseph of Camp Springs Sesquicentennial booklet, a St. Joseph’s of Cold Spring Parish Centennial book, a 1987 booklet on US 27 redesign, and various newspaper articles.  Charles Bogart donated 2 DVDs of railway info and an unknown donor left a modern reprint of a History of Campbell County speech from 1876. Nick Cleves donated 89 clocks.

Jan Lester reported that 2020 membership currently stands at 215 members, with a goal still being 300.  She confirmed that the next newsletter will be out in late April. Anyone with articles to submit should have them to her by April 1. She can help edit them.

Jan reported on communications and correspondence. Pam Casebolt will give her Wadsworth presentation at the Ft. Thomas Library on February 27.  The Kentucky Historical Society is offering an “Ancestors Town Hall” meeting and people may submit their “brick walls” in genealogy research to the the KHS for possible selection and research.  She informed visitors that the Campbell County Public Library will have a “Coming to America” book club discussing various books on the topic of immigration, at 7:00 on the 4th Tuesday of February, March, April & May at Fort Thomas.

The Roots Tech conference in Salt Lake City will have some sessions streamed, but some may require payment.

The Germans to America National Conference will take place in Cincinnati in June.

The 2020 Census will start being created soon and will have phone & online options in addition to traditional paper forms.

Jan stated that Bishop Brossart will have a woodcarving show. Check the school website for more info.

Ken Reis reported on his trip to search for a “poorhouse” cemetery in Alexandria. He found 3 stones that might be it & informed archaeologist Jeannie Kreinbrink. Ken received an inquiry about a possible tour of the Society office by St. Joseph Elementary School.  It has not been finalized yet. Ken has begun working (with Martha Pelfrey) on a book about a history of Grant’s Lick and he has interviewed a few people thus far.

Steve reported that the “One Day in Campbell County” book project is now moving more quickly. His hopes are to have it to the printer by the end of March and available for sale by mid-April.

Jan reported that the Bellevue Sesquicentennial will consist of various events. The society tentatively expects to be part of their 4th of July “picnic” event.

At the last meeting, Steve received a couple of leads for help in grant writing and is working on following up on them. He requested more suggestions as well.

The March meeting will be at the Syndicate in Newport with a presentation on the Bourbon King book. Attendees are requested to reserve spots beforehand at no cost. He passed a sign-up sheet around and the society website has a registration section also.  Members may have to pay for parking if they park in the lot across the street.

The April meeting will be at the Wilder City Building on the subject of the Donaldson Lithography Company. The May meeting will again be at the Wilder City Building for a presentation on Spring Grove Cemetery.  Our annual June picnic will be at St. Joseph Church in Camp Spring.

The business portion of the meeting concluded and Steve turned the floor over to our Show and Tell meeting.


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