POINT PLEASANT — History, and its preservation, attracted several to the recent meeting of the Mason County Historical and Preservation Society.
The idea to form a society came about from Chris Rizer from the Bend Area, who took on the cleanup of an old cemetery for a project while attending Wahama High School a couple years ago.
The meeting, held at the Mason County Library in Point Pleasant, began with some introductions, including that of Rizer to those gathered. Discussed was the purpose of the society and its possible mission, including historic preservation projects, the republishing of old history books and simply being able to connect with people interested in preserving Mason County’s history.
One of the first areas of business was to establish a name, with a majority at the meeting agreeing on the Mason County Historical and Preservation Society. Establishing a name is a step in establishing an official nonprofit status.
Next was the establishment of officers and the board of directors. No more than two board of directors may be from the same area of Mason County, in order to maintain a balance or representation. Appointed were Rizer as president, AJ Howard as vice president, Catherine Hamm as secretary, Sheila Roush as treasurer. Directors are: Angelique Juelfs, Tad Greathouse, Pam Mowrey. The terms of officers expire Dec. 31 with an election being held in November for a two-year term.
Those attending approved membership dues in the amount of $30 per year that can be reviewed annually and ago into effect Jan. 1, 2018. Dues will help with any expenses incurred on projects or for supplies, etc. Also discussed were what the society could sell to make money, including anything related to a Mason County history book, postcards, t-shirts, genealogy supplies and similar items.
Also discussed on the agenda was finding a possible home for the society. Rachel Proffitt from the Historic Landmark Commission in Point Pleasant and Point Pleasant City Councilwoman Jerrie Howard were at the meeting and proposed the society consider moving into part of the Fisher building, if it is secured by the City of Point Pleasant. The Fisher building, considered to be one of the oldest buildings left in Point Pleasant, sits behind Peoples Bank on Main Street and the bank has offered to “gift” it to the city, at no charge. The Main Street Point Pleasant organization has said it would like to take on the challenge of restoring the building, and finding funding to do so, if the city will assume ownership of it, similar to what has been done with the Point Pleasant River Museum and Kisar Home.
However, the idea of taking on the building has been met with some resistance by some city officials, due to concerns over insurance costs and retaining funding for the project. Earlier this month, council tabled the issue to discuss at a later date.
Though some society members voiced concerns about the offer, like questions over restrictions on what could take place in the Fisher building and being centrally located in Point Pleasant, by a majority vote, those attending voted to move forward with pursuing the idea at least. However, it was stated, members will also be looking into other options for a location throughout the county. It’s anticipated a location for the society will be a topic at the next meeting.
Find the society on Facebook for meeting updates. The third Tuesday in June at 6:30 p.m. is the anticipated date of the next meeting with location to be determined
Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at email@example.com.