On Saturday, July 22, at 10:30 a.m. the annual meeting of the Northumberland County Historical Society (NCHS) at Ball Memorial Library and Museum was called to order by its president, Thomas A. Wolfe, followed by a prayer by Pastor Neale Schools of Fairport Baptist Church in Reedville. After the treasurer’s report was presented by James Milner, Mr. Wolfe returned to the podium to give the president’s report. Facts and figures flowed forth; an average of 23 visitors a month to the building that is open 3 days a week; 563 membership with 35 generous sustaining memberships; two-thirds of all members are within Virginia; and they had gained 72 new members since the last meeting. Then they moved on to the election of officers for 2017, presenting a list to the crowd which was quickly seconded and passed without any opposition. Wolfe engaged the crowd with jokes, sparking laughter, as he kept the meeting moving.
There was a small break, which allowed the crowd to socialize a bit, as a frenetic young man set up a screen. His speed felt lively compared to the stately pace of the previous speakers. Dozens of people turned in their seats and chatted about neighborly things, such as sharing homegrown tomatoes or buying zucchini at the farmer’s market. Wolfe announced that a member brought photos of civil war soldiers, drawing a reaction of interest from the assembly. In a room of simple décor, the dynamic crowd brought it to life, not something most would expect of history buffs.
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