Annual Report


Board of Directors




Williams House

LaTournous Glass


Planning for the Future

Other Area Historical Organizations



Preserving our Heritage

          The Williams House, WHS’s Museum/House, was fully operational through-out the summer of 2010. Volunteers opened every weekend from June I to Labor Day; visitors looked over the Collection and, in some cases, joined our Society.  The number of visitors was not large but each visitor’s support is very much appreciated.

          The Collection Committee sponsored three special Saturday programs: June-demonstration of spinning; July-display and information about old wood working tools; August- a celebration with local Scout troop in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.

          Historic Preservation Awards were awarded to  Werner and Christine Mall of Lackawaxen Township for the restoration of their 1820s home and to Nan Coutts Brown for her publication of the History of the Pellett House.  These awards were given at the annual Awards Dinner and Auction in September.

          WHS received the deed for the Purdytown Cemetery from PPL and a $6,000 donation to remove the trees and install a fence.  This major preservation project is on-going into 2011. By December, 2010, all the large trees were cut down and they await the onset of spring to be cleared from the premises.  A joint task force of WHS, the Sandy Shore Development Corp, and interested neighbors is continuing to work on the job of restoring the Cemetery grounds.

 Telling our Stories

       Our publications continue to be offered to the public.  Two additional books were edited and will be published in 2011.  A second edition of Margaret’s Diary will also be available.

          The monthly newsletter was distributed to all members, friends of WHS, and sponsors and donors to our Awards Program.  These newsletters feature local history and stories from the past that are pertinent.  Articles included Wikipedia’s explanation of the “Blue Moon” that greeted us on January 1, 2010, collecting Antique Valentines, the short history of Paupack Township and Purdytown, the Irish legacy in this area, a brief history of Blooming Grove Township, and honoring Korean Veterans.

          Our focus on local history, monthly programs included presentations by Dick Murphy’s  growing up in Hawley, Bob Ammon’s childhood spent at the Lake Superintendent’s  residence at the dam, a panel of Korean War Veterans telling their stories in honor of Veterans’ Day, the annual picnic, a documentary of a local woman’s life, and a local antique dealer’s hints on the future value of antiques and collectibles.

          Two additional programs rounded out the year’s activities.  The first was a school bus tour, lead by Tom Kennedy, to various historic sites within our school district.  This was well attended and worth repeating.  The second was a presentation by the project director of the Hawley Silk Mill development which engendered considerable interest and enthusiasm.

 Displaying Our Past

        Donations of articles were accepted from a number of members and visitors. These items have been catalogued and displayed in the various WHS venues.  Two items of special interest have a connection with the Williams Family.  The first is a 1930’s quilt which has been displayed in the Williams House and the second is a hand crocheted piece done by Marion Williams.  A number of Native American artifacts which included an anchor stone, projectile points, pestles, scrapers, and others were added to the Native American collection. A blacksmith’s drill press, carved rolling pin, local post cards, several photographs, memorabilia from Hawley High School, Hawley anniversary books, Christmas ornaments were donated. Several books including a 1876 Diary of the Westbrook Family were added to the library.

 Organizational Actions

        2009 Officers and Directors continued to serve in 2010.  One director resigned and one director passed away.  The position of Treasurer was filled by a new Director.

          The officers were Audrey Graybill, President, Nancy Gumble, Vice President, Jon Tandy, Secretary, Joan Glazier/ Jim Pellington, Treasurer, Donal Coutts, Township Historian, Bruce Taylor, Township Representative, Rolf Moeller, Ann Wiedenman, C. Richard Briden, Teddy Cescot, William Dewar, and Anthony Waldron III.

          An Endowment Fund for the Williams House was established and nearly $7,000 has been invested in that fund.

          Sponsors who donated to the Annual Preservation Award Dinner and Auction were Teeter’s Furniture, Woodloch, Inc, Rich Bancroft, Circa Antiques, Gumble Bros, Inc, Rothrocks, Lighthouse Harbor Marina, Picture Perfect Framing, Seiler’s Tree Service, Looking Glass Gallery, Caesar’s Resorts, The News-Eagle, Lake Region Computers, Coutts’ Berry Farm, Pocono Pines Motor Lodge, Paupack Fuel Oil, Inc, Lake Region Dime Bank, Wayne Bank of Hawley, Honesdale National Bank of Hawley, PPL, Joseph O’Brien Realty, Pop’s Drugstore, Lukan’s Farm Resort, Lakeside Family Vision Care.

         Additional sponsors were Barbara’s Books, Wallenpaupack Veterinary Clinic, Dutch’s Super Market’ Church Street Hardware, Thom and Lynn Morrow, Murphy Insurance, Janet Murphy Strauss, Sally Thomson, Neil and Gert Schleiker, Janet Fucci, Sal and Joan Ruffino, Ray and Joan LaTournous, Nancy Gumble, Audrey and Bob Graybill, Bruce and Jean Taylor, Rolf Moeller, Jon and Bernadine Tandy, Gerard and Gerry Durkin, Meta Buehler, Virginia Buehler, Tom and Laura Kennedy, Ann and Ted Wiedenman, Ethel Pattison, John Powell, Alice Ehrhardt, Althea and Leroy Ulmer, Thelma Dewar, Lori Essex, Dorothy Vollmer, Karen Weaver, Jane and Jim Pellington, Lorraine Feorina, and Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant.

Financial Report      






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