Georgetown Historical Society members honored in parade

Rose Hawkins, Correspondent

Due to donations from some very generous individuals, the Georgetown Historical Society has been able to accomplish many of the much needed repairs to the Historical House.

A new forced-air furnace has replaced the old, rusty floor furnaces, is now providing warmth to the house for cold winter days, and will provide air-conditioning when the weather dictates next spring.

The out-of-date, and recently discovered dangerous, electrical, has been replaced with new wiring, throughout. 

Windows that were in danger of falling out are being replaced. This will also make the house more weatherproofed.

Sections of sagging floors have been repaired, and openings where the old furnaces were located in the parlor and the kitchen have been closed.

As with any home, to keep a building in good shape and functioning at the best efficiency, there are always things that need to be done.

Other issues needing attention, are foundation repair, insulation, repair of exterior trim, a new coat of paint, and in another year or so, a new roof.

Monthly expenses are yet to be determined since this is the first of many years there will be heat in the building, leaving the utility bill temporarily unpredictable. In the meantime, to provide for that expense, a reserve of funds must be kept in a savings account. 

Therefore, dues from membership are necessary and donations are still needed.

Donations may be mailed to Georgetown Historical Society, P.O. Box 14, Georgetown, Illinois  61846, or given to any board member.

New members are always welcome. Monthly membership meetings are on the first Monday of each month , except for the months where holidays fall on the first Monday of the month.In that case, the meetings are moved to the Second Monday of the month. January's monthly membership meeting will be on January 8th, 2018. Meetings are held at the Georgetown Public Library at 7 PM.

Membership fees, which have been raised slightly, are: Individual $15 a year, family members and businesses are $25 a year.

To join, come to the monthly meeting, contact an officer or board member or mail your information and dues to Georgetown Historical Society, PO Box 14, Georgetown, Illinois 61846.

Following the previous in-force by-laws, an election of President and Treasurer is to be done in the odd-numbered years, with other officers in the even-numbered years, and all officers serve two year terms.

At the November monthly membership meeting, nominations were made, and at the December monthly membership meeting, the election was completed. New President will be Rose Hawkins, and new Treasurer Brenda Lierman.

The former Treasurer, Sandy Stephenson, had served in that capacity for twenty-five years. “I kept the lights on,” she said. 

Five corvettes carried  Board members of the Georgetown Historical Society as they were honored to be Grand Marshalls of the Georgetown Holiday Parade.

Corvette volunteers were:  John Martin - drove Sandy Stephenson; Bob Prater - drove Janice Felgenhauer; Charlie Mornaut - drove Rose Hawkins; Doug Hanner - drove Betty Manning; and Gary Davis - drove Janet Thompson.

Special thanks to all of these men for providing this service, and thanks to the Georgetown Community Ladies Club for this honor.

Come join the Georgetown Historical Society and be a part of preserving the history of Georgetown.

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