Minutes of Meeting

Coppell Historical Society

February 9, 2008

Present:  Deb Onstott, Joy Onstott, Barbara Lee, Pat Lambert, Barbara Webster, Jean Murph, David Murph, Joanne Smith, Juanita Strong, Ray McDowell

1.  Minutes of last meeting

The minutes of the last meeting were e-mailed to all current members and copies were available at the meeting.  A motion was made, seconded and passed to approve the minutes.

2.  Treasure Report

The treasurer’s report was presented by Jean Murph.  There is a current balance of $16,181.96.

3.  Old Business

Membership letter and monthly newsletter

A letter and membership form was sent to all members that had not previously renewed and we have started receiving responses with checks for 2008 dues.  Another letter was mailed to potential interested parties and is also producing results.

Fire Department Anniversary

The official date is May 17, 2008 and it will be a day long event culminated by an invitation-only black tie event in the evening.

Historical Survey

Peggy Riddle’s company is the Cornerstone Heritage Preservation Service and she will be performing the historical survey with assistance from historical society members.  Ms. Riddle gave a very informative presentation to the members spelling out the steps she will take to produce the Coppell Historical Survey.  This survey will include buildings, landscape features, archaeological sites and objects.  She will look at location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association with significant events or significant persons in the past. The survey may also include information on prehistory such as Indian artifacts or dinosaur bones.  She will use standards set forth by the National Register of Historic Places, but will also include items of local importance to the community.

Sites that are in the survey at this point include Grapevine Springs, the four cemeteries, old downtown, the Kirkland house, the windmill, the Trinity River, and local creeks.  The survey should be finished by sometime in April and can be used for various educational activities.  It will also include recommendations on renovating and preserving historic structures.

It was also suggested that we look at doing a presentation on our local streams to educate the public on their significance and what we need to do to protect them.  This is a possibility for the April meeting and would probably be in the evening.  Members felt that it was important to bring awareness of our natural resources to the community.

4.  New Business

Peters Colony Historical Society

This group will meet Monday night, February 11 at the Carrollton Library.  Dan Fauver will present a program on restoring cemeteries.  Frances James will also attend.

Historical Video

Pete Wilson was not able to attend but provided a script and letter describing a video titled “A Short History of Coppell, Texas” for the members to consider.  This project might be done this summer if we decide to give it the “go-ahead”.  There might be some expenses involved but Kevin Mote would be willing to do the filming and editing.

Farmers Market

The Coppell Farmers Market will begin operations on April 12, 2008 and will have the official Grand Opening on May 10, 2008.  Some exciting improvements are planned for the market location and some new vendors are expected.

5.  Other

Our next meeting is scheduled for March 8, 2008.

Pat Lambert

Secretary, Coppell Historical Society

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