Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Whitman County Genealogical Society Marks 30 Years

A 30th anniversary celebration was held by Whitman County Genealogical Society in Pullman, Washington on Sunday, June 8, 2014. Approximately 50 people attended to feast on gourmet desserts, including a cake inscribed with the WCGS logo. The logo was designed by Randall Johnson, a Whitman County native, who also designed the Washington State College (later University) logo. Special recognition was given to Cornerstone members who made extra contributions when WCGS began. Their names were read and are inscribed on a plaque which hangs in the WCGS library. Former and present WCGS board members were introduced.

Board members from early days of WCGS:  Front Row, L. to R.:  Linda Scott Lilles (1st WCGS President and co-founder of the group); Sheli Stoner Carroll; Kaye Straight (co-founder of the group); and Kirsten Johnson Straight (co-founder of the group).  Back Row, L. to R.:  Celesta Bennett Dailey, Monica Bartlett Peters, Janet Margolis Damm, and Judy Standar McMurray.

Jean Innerarity (co-founder of the group) could not attend. Linda, Kaye, Kirsten, Monica and Judy are also Cornerstone members of the group. Monica is the only continuous board member since the group's inception in October 1984.

Current WCGS Board members:  L. to R.:  Marge Muir, Judy McMurray, Janet Damm, Cindy Rice, Sue Kreikemeier (President), Monica Peters, and Mary Simonsen.

The program featured Russ Wheelhouse, owner of Antiques by Russ in Moscow, Idaho, who did a mini-Antiques Roadshow. People brought items for Russ to appraise, figure out what they were, and/or where they could sell them.

Some of the accomplishments of WCGS throughout these years: continual research to help people find their Whitman County roots; publication in 2014 of a library holdings book; maintaining a library in Pullman in the Gladish Community Center which is shared with Whitman County Historical Society, working in partnership with them; establishing an endowment fund through Inland Northwest Community Foundation in honor of former WCGS member and researcher Dorothy Sevier Matson (1920-2002), who made a substantial financial gift to the society; presenting a scholarship each spring to a Pullman High School senior with the funds earned from the Matson endowment, and engraving a plaque which hangs in our library with the recipient's name; publication of many books of Whitman County records throughout the years; publication of a WCGS newsletter six times per year.

Big hand claps, kudos and congratulations, WCGS! Your 30 years of service to the genealogy community in your area is a wonderful accomplishment. May you have 30 more years! 

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