Volume 32, Number 4, Summer 1993
As President of the White River Valley Historical Society in 1992-93, I presided at four well-attended quarterly meetings of the Society and four meetings of the Board of Directors. At each general meeting we enjoyed excellent programs, thanks to the efforts ofcovice presidents Phil and Vonna Robbins. Thanks to the enthusiastic participation and support of our elected officers, directors, and committee chairmen, considerable progress has been made in the continuing development of the Society.
Among the years accomplishments were: Completion and publication of a comprehensive INDEX OF VOLUME 10 (Dec. 1988-Sep. 1991, WRVHQ; publication in Volume 32, Number 1, of the Index of Volume 31, Dec. 1991-Sep. 1992 ("Volume Number" restructured to reflect age of Quarterly); up-dating and expansion of the TOPICAL INDEX TO THE QUARTERLY, Vol. 1 No. 1 through Vol. 31 No. 4; standardization of pricing of back Quarterlies and establishment of reduced prices on large purchases; and development of a Worksheet to be used in evaluation and recording of potential historic sites in the region with an eye to developing for the Society a file of such sites.
Society member David Quick and Quarterly editor Lynn Morrow were involved in getting the Y bridge at Galena accepted to the National Register of Historic Places. David and Linda Myers-Phinneys efforts also contributed much to preparations of National Register applications on behalf of Bransons Mang Field and its stone bleachers, the nearby stone bleachers beside Lake Taneycomo, and the four surviving original cabins at the Sammy Lane Resort, all on the Branson waterfront. Reports indicate that many more historic preservation projects are being pursued in the region, several of which have been or soon may be accepted to the National Register.
Ionamae Rebenstorf, who retired as our secretary-treasurer last June, was named an Honorary Member of the Society at the September meeting.
The Society received gifts of copies of several books published by members.
Still to be resolved are two on-going problems. First, the cost of producing the Quarterly is going up again, and it is imperative that we actively seek out new members from among the many people now interested in the history of this area (family, local, and regional), and also consider other sources of funding to help cover that on-going expense. The second problem is the need for a permanent office for the Society, with adequate storage space for back issues of the Quarterly (receipts from sales of these, and other Society publications such as the two listed above, help finance current Quarterlies).
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