Minutes of Meeting

Coppell Historical Society

May 12, 2012

Members Present:  Barbara Lee, Jackie Parrish, Kevin Mote, Barbara Webster, Pat Quinlan, Jean Murph, Dave Murph, Pat Lambert, Don Carter, Pete Wilson

The meeting was called to order at 10:30 a.m.

The minutes of the last meeting were approved.  Moved by Jean Murph.  Seconded by Barbara Webster.

The Treasurer’s report by Dave Murph showed expenses since our last meeting of $1,799.21 from the city grant fund and $39.00 from the general fund.  Income was $10,000 for the city grant fund (from the city) and $140.00 for the general fund from dues.

Pete Wilson asked to be reimbursed for approved expenses (ancestry.com historical research, postage, mailing materials) of $229.11.  Request was approved.  Moved by Jean Murph.  Seconded by Pat Quinlan.

Barbara Lee reported that Pat Quinlan has accepted chairmanship of the Acquisitions Committee.

Pete Wilson presented the slate of officers for nomination, as follows:

                President – Don Carter

                1st Vice-President – Pat Quinlan

                2nd Vice-President – Barbara Lee

                Secretary – Pete Wilson

                Treasurer – Dave Murph

There being no nominations from the floor, the slate was accepted by acclamation.  Moved by Jean Murph..  Seconded by Pat Lambert.

Barbara Lee and Pat Quinlan were presented with gifts to thank them for their past service.

(After adjournment and some discussion, the business meeting was re-convened briefly to approve the expenditure of up to $200 by Kevin Mote to update our website on a new server.)

The Society will be in recess during the summer.  The next meeting will be September 8.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:57 a.m.

A pizza lunch followed the meeting, at which members discussed past accomplishments and idea for future projects.

A general list of Historical Society projects, presented by Jean Murph, included the following items:

                Video of Coppell History


                Brochure of Coppell History


                Press releases

                Newspaper articles

                Display cases at the Senior & Community Center

                Photograph albums

                Oral histories and other videos

                Historical markers committee

                Filing cabinets with historical data at Coppell library

                Updating files with historical information and memorabilia

                Ongoing effort to gather historical data, photographs, memorabilia

                Communication with schools

Communication with city

Old Coppell Village for kids – 2011

Participation in Old Town Days with OTCA/Farmers Market

Witness Tree program with speaker – 2012

Witness Tree Search

Annual Archeological Dig

Service Station project

Water tank project

Current Historical Society Committees with some of their work, include:


                Kirkland House Reconstruction & Acquisitions

                                Reconstruction help to the city

                                Acquisitions – furnishings

                                Master plan for use, administration and maintenance

                                Tours and events

                Historical Markers



                                Bullock Cemetery work with city

                                Historical designation effort

                                Marking cemeteries

Jean Murph presented a summary of accomplishments at the recent Witness Tree Search.

Kevin Mote presented information he has gathered about updating the Society’s website.  (The membership approved this update.  See previous section of minutes.)

Pete Wilson proposed a future forum/lecture for the public that will present information about George Coppell.  Noble Fortson has agreed to participate also.

Jean Murph proposed a future community picnic on the Trinity River to emphasize the importance of the river to Coppell and nearby towns.

Pete Wilson mentioned that the Society might promote the creation of note cards or other “souvenirs” that could be sold eventually at Heritage Park.

Other subjects discussed:

                Possibly changing the regular Saturday meeting time of the Society to 1:00 p.m. to avoid conflicts with the Farmers Market and early Saturday family activities.

                Recognized the recent article on the Society in the Dallas News NeighborsGo section.

                Continuing the Society’s participation in Old Town Days.

Wheelice (Pete) Wilson, Jr.


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