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Kentwood Committees & Boards
Historical Commission
Minutes for 03/16/2006

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MINUTES
CITY OF KENTWOOD
HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION
March 16, 2006

Chair Middlewood called the meeting to order at 6:45 p.m.

1. Roll Call:

Members present: Middlewood, Heyboer, Thompson, Pacic, Agostinelli.
VanDyke and Boisvenue absent with excuse.
Other present: Robert Kline

2. Approval of Minutes?Motion by Heyboer, supported by Thompson to approve the minutes of February 23, 2006, as corrected. Motion carried.

3. Project Reports:

a. Oral History: Thompson provided an overview of the most recent interviews, and the ones that are being set up. Staff informed the commission that the contract for the new transcriptionist is ready.

Responding to a query from Thompson, staff indicated that the family album from Norma Overton has been scanned and returned. The scanned pages, however would have to be edited and joined before it could be burned into a CD for archival.

b. Heritage Room: Some new documents got added to the Heritage Room including a note book that contained hand written minutes of Paris Township Fire Department minutes and a transcribed and edited copy of the same. It was noted that Martin Hulst, one of the firefighters named in those minutes, was the subject of one of the recent oral history interviews. Thompson indicated that she did not recall talking to Mr. Hulst about the Paris Township Fire Department during the interview. She agreed to do a follow-up interview focusing on Mr. Hulst?s experience with the Paris Township Fire Department.

c. Barn Survey: Staff reported on the presentation of the Barn Database to the National Barn Association (NBA) during their annual meeting in Lansing on March 8, 2006. It was indicated that NBA members from several states were present at the meeting, almost all of whom was keen to adopt the database as a standard.

d. Pine Hill Cemetery: Middlewood provided some details on this project with respect to what features it will entail. She also indicated that she had provided a book describing preservation of cemeteries to the Girl Scouts Group working on the project.

4. Public Awareness?taken out of order on the agenda.

a. Brochure for historic points of interest ? The brochure has been updated based on feedback from the Economic Development Corporation and is anticipated to be formally approved by them in their next meeting.

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c. Possible Family Album workshop: Middlewood indicated that May 25, 2006 would be the date for that workshop. She presented a formal proposal for the same. Personal historians John and Jennifer Morrison from AfterWord Professional Historians, LLC and Sue Adams from Creative Memories would be present. The event would take place in the Bowen Community Room in KDL, Kentwood.

d. From Then to Now ? There was brief discussion on this matter. Pacic provided a brief description of the process. It was mentioned that the only correction proposed was that the official name of the Commission was ?Kentwood Historic Preservation Commission? and not ?Kentwood Historical Commission?

6. Arcadia Book Project: The Commission has not heard from Katerie Prior on the status of the publication. No further discussion.

8. Other business/Comments:

It was indicated that the City Commission has officially called of the Celebrate Kentwood for this year because of paucity of funds. It could be organized only if there is private sponsorship available. Heyboer indicated that he would like to talk to Charlie Ziesemer and see if there was anything he could do to help organize the event.

Heyboer also indicated that he has a copy of a book by Al Wiersma about war memories and wanted see whether the Commission was interested in that. The members indicated that they would be. He also indicated that he has a 1928 picture of the old Smith School, and now that the school naming issue is practically dead, he wanted to see whether the Commission wanted it. Again, the members indicated that it would be a good addition to the Heritage Room collection.

9. Next Meeting? The next meeting will be April 21, 2006, at 6:30 PM.

There being no further business before the Commission, a motion was made by Agostinelli, supported by Heyboer to adjourn. The motion carried.

The meeting adjourned at 7:26 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Debargha Sengupta, Planning Staff.