Historical Commission

Tuesday, January 25, 3:15 pm
A meeting of the Historical Commission


Gill Historical Commission

Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 3:15 p.m.

Teleconference – access information in the agenda below.

“This meeting is being conducted remotely by all participants. FreeConferenceCall.com is being utilized for the teleconference. It is audio only. Anyone wishing to participate may call 267-807-9601 and then enter the Access Code of 883-045-865. The toll-free number is 844-800-5000 – the Town is charged by the minute per caller, so please use this only when necessary.”

Notes: As of August 19, 2021, masks are required at all meetings in Gill public buildings.

For meetings by phone, votes are taken by roll call and the minutes reflect the name and vote of each member.

1. Approve minutes from the GHC meeting on Dec. 14, 2021

2. Treasurer’s business and report (Charlene with Pam and Terri)

---Update on books and sales (Pam)

3. New business:

a. GHC meeting space/style re: COVID precautions =?? (discussion)

b. Website revisions (Charlene); meeting dates listed on the town website (Kit)

c. GHC Facebook page?? (discussion, continued; decision and vote) (Kit)

Bookmark design revision (Charlene); discussion

d. Battlefield Advisory Board meeting on Jan. 5:

Discussion centered on events that may have connected to the Northfield Council Fires. Joe Graveline of the Northfield Historical Commission has assembled a list of 14 sources that GHC will get, which predate the writing of historian George Sheldon to inform research into the Council fires. The Advisory Board has given GHC a print copy of the latest Battlefield report, with a lot of interesting detail about King Philip’s War etc.

The next Advisory Board meeting is on Feb. 2, Montague Town Hall, 11:00 a.m.

e. Walking tour: RiverCulture’s Zoom meeting on Dec. 15 went over plans for the next few months (see email sent before our December meeting of plans written by David Brule). Current plans are summarized in the Montague Reporter (Jan. 6) (copies distributed here). Of eight stories planned so far, our story will appear after several Native American narratives (in the middle of the tour, as a bridge). GHC will create a story about logging activities as described in the Riverside book, to be followed by two or more industrial pieces by the Montague Historical Society. (discussion). (See videos in the Montague Archives by Ed Gregory.) (Bob, Terri, Kit)

f. New site plan review: Erving-Gill Route 2 Resurfacing (using federal funds) (Kit)

(Materials to be emailed or printed for GHC members)

Resurfacing Project = 2 ½ miles through Gill (Chappell Lane) to French King Bridge + 1.75 mi. from bridge into Erving to Old State Rd. (discussion) MassDOT has invited GHC to make comments re: historic or archaeological properties that might be affected (if any).

(-Jeffrey Shrimpton, Cultural Resources Supervisor, MassDOT)

4. Old and continuing business:

a. Followup on requests for the town of Gill: discussion (continued)

Anchorage maintenance: oil cables and trim weed growth, town’s role: (Kit)

b. Followup: declaring armored mudballs as MA’s state stone: letter in progress (Terri)

c. GHC Inquiry update: researcher filming the history of the French King Bridge (Pam, Lynda, Charlene)

d. Collection and exhibit updates; uses of west wall space (Pam, Kit, discussion)


e. Gill Cultural Council grant accepted; $400.00 to be used for Country Prints/Wert displays and activities during the coming year. (Kit, discussion)

f. GHC hard drive data, digital equipment needs (Pam, Charlene)

5. Other business (not anticipated at time of posting): Repairs needed to the exterior of RMB

Adjournment: ___________

Next meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, time and place to be decided

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