Historical Society holds annual meeting

Posted April 2, 2013 at 6:09 pm

The Hand County Historical Society held its annual meeting Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m. in the McWhorter House Museum.  

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The secretary’s and treasurer’s annual reports were read and approved. The nominating committee reported that President Connie Schroeder, vice-president Jan Deuter, secretary Deb Bushfield, treasurer Tammy Caffee, and board member Kevin Hofer have agreed to serve again for the 2013-14 term.  Kathy Harvey and Wayne Ruhnke were nominated to fill the two open board seats.  All nominees were unanimously approved.  

Old business included discussion on plans to repair the porches and replace gutters.  Two restoration companies have been contacted for estimates and ideas.  We continue to investigate computer programs to record the inventory of the museum.  

New business began with a report that a volunteer will refurbish the museum sign. A fundraiser dinner will be organized this summer/fall to raise funds for our projects. Regular summer hours are planned again from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Following the meeting, attendees viewed a DVD of recently converted 16 mm film donated by the Pangburn family. Approximately 1944-47, Dr. Pangburn recorded boating scenes, and more than three dozen Miller men who had served in World War II.  The men appeared in uniform and made a wonderful record of the many soldiers from the Miller area that served in World War II.  Names of the servicemen were also listed in the film canisters.

The McWhorter House was built in 1906 and has served many purposes: as a private home, a girls’ dormitory, the school hot lunch room, an art classroom, and in 1989 it became a museum.  

McWhorter House is available for club meetings, showers, reunions, family gatherings and other small group meetings.  Its collection includes many photographs, military, railroad, and agricultural items, vintage clothing, and pioneer household articles. Fundraisers, grant money, tour fees, historical society memberships, and the sale of books and the new “door topper” souvenir houses, as well as donations, support the McWhorter House and Depot. Memberships are available from any board member, and tours begin after Memorial Day.


NEW BOARD MEMBERS for Hand County Historical Society were nominated at the annual meeting. They are Wayne Ruhnke and Kathy Harvey.