MINERVA - The Minerva Historical Society made some history of its own on the evening of Tuesday, July 28 under the pavilion at Donnelly Beach. For the first time in its 54 year history, the Society held its annual organizational meeting outside preceded by a pot-luck dinner and a concert by renowned Adirondack folk singer Dan Berggren. Mr. Berggren, who grew up in the town of Minerva, regaled the audience of 80 people with songs, poems and stories, many of which centered on stories about local residents from the past and the not-to-distant past. The concert featured Berggrens' original compositions: "Mountain Air," "Settled in the Mountains," "When Harry Carried the Mail," "Logging Roads, Graveyards & Old Cellar Holes," Harry," Minerva, My Hometown," and "Alice. Mr. Berggren also treated the audience to a tuneful rendition of the traditional "Dying Drummer's Sweethearts," as well as a recitation of the poem "Neighbors" by JR Foster and of a poem of his own entitled, "Cremation of the Old Floyd Place."
Following the potluck dinner and concert, outgoing Minerva Historical Society President Ann Hornbeck presided over the Society's annual meeting where the following people were elected as officers: Ed Healey, President; Ann Hornbeck, Vice-President; Lester Sternin, Treasurer; Board of Trustee members: Anne Hornbeck, Norm Persons, and Nancy Shaw. The position of Secretary went unfilled.
Various committees reported numerous activities since the Society last met in April. The Museum Committee reported that significant repairs to the floor of the museum in Olmstedville were completed prior to the museum's annual opening on Minerva Day. The Historical Society awarded a $4,500 scholarship to Minerva Central School graduate Sam Kelly. The Cemetery Committee reported that the fence at the Society's cemetery located on Federal Flats Road has been straightened. Fundraising Chair Shirley McNally reported that the Society's annual 10 Week Club Raffle fundraiser is well under way and that more tickets were sold this year than last. Raffle tickets were distributed and sold for a portable folding boat, the winner of which will be drawn at the Society's October meeting.