27 November 2014

December 5 Presentation: Travels Through Africa with Ray Turmelle

"Travels through Africa"

Mt. Kilimanjaro looms above the clouds in Tanzania.
Friday, December 5th
7:00 pm
in the Henry Wilson Museum 
Goodwin Library lower level

presented by 
Ray Turmelle

An opportunity to see Mt. Kilimanjaro, whose elevation of 19,000 feet is the highest mountain in Africa.  Though at the equator, the peak is snow covered and glaciated as a result of the last ice age.

Following the climb, we traveled to the various game reserves in Tanzania to photograph and observe the wild animals in their natural habitats.  Lake Manyara is one of the most famous parks in Tanzania and home to thousands of species and varieties of birds who share the lake with a large herd of hippos.

Lake Manyara

Ngorongoro Crater
The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the natural wonders of the works where over 25,000 animals, from the bat-eared fox to the big tusked elephant, inhabit this caldera, an extinct volcano.  Lions there are a most rewarding animal to watch and photograph.

En route to the famous Serengeti Plains, we visited the Olduvai Gorge where archaeologists Louis and Mary Leakey discovered skull fragments believed to be over 600,000 years old, which they named "East African Man".

Olduvai Gorge

Ray Turmelle is well known for his years leading the Graniteer Drum and Bugle Corps. An experienced hiker and photographer, he has hiked on five continents and taken wonderful photographs of beautiful scenery that he has gladly shown to those who only dream of such adventure.  Ray became intrigued with hiking in the mountains while in high school and this interest continues to this day.  He has climbed extensively in the White Mountains and prefers the cold and windy winter days rather than the hear and bugs of the summer months.

It wasn't until he was in his early 40s that he was enticed into doing rock and ice climbing.  Acquiring experience and confidence doing various routes on Cathedral and Whitehorse Ledges in North Conway, and eventually on the Cannon Cliffs in Franconia Notch.  His first major climb was the Matterhorn in Switzerland followed by Mt. Rainier in Washington and various peaks in British Columbia.

He celebrated his 49th birthday and achieved his highest altitude on a 45 day trek and climb in the Himalayas of Nepal, climbing to 22,000 feet.  He also climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa and the Andes in Peru.  An old adage in mountaineering states that there are a lot of old, bold climbers and not many bold, old climbers.  So, even though he continues to hike, he has left the rock, ice, and high altitude climbing to the younger generation and now shares his experiences through presentations.

Learn More

Mt. Kilimanjaro Travel Guide  

Lake Manyara National Park

Ngorongoro Crater

Olduvai Gorge

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22 November 2014

A Strong and Active Year Remembered at the Annual Meeting and Pot Luck Dinner

"2014 Annual Meeting and Pot Luck Dinner"

Friday, November 7, 2014
Farmington Historical Society 2014 Elected Officers
Jim Horgan, President
Sylvia Arcouette, Vice President
Joyce White, Secretary
Rebecca Howard, Treasurer
Kyle Leach, Museum Curator
Resta Detwiler, Auditor

There was lots of food and good company at the Pot Luck Dinner this year.  About 30 members were in attendance for the dinner.

The lines form as the dinner bell rings!
The food table had a wide array of new dishes and old favorites.
Members dig in and fill their plates.

After dessert, the members engaged in discussion before the Annual Meeting began.
The 2014 Annual Meeting was the highlight of a strong building year for the Farmington Historical Society.  There was so much that was accomplished since last November.  After the dinner, President, Jim Horgan reminded the membership in attendance of the great accomplishments that the Society has made over the past year.
President Jim gave a special award to his wife, Martha, for her support during his first year.

Past President and Vice President, Dottie Bean, was given an award for her hard work and years of service to the Farmington Historical Society.
Public Relations Chairperson, JoAnn Doke, was honored for her work in promoting the Society.

Secretary Joyce White was honored for her service as the Secretary of the Historical Society.

Judy Thompson was honored for her work in organizing and working with the Museum Curator to improve the Henry Wilson Museum, operated by the Historical Society.

Museum Curator, Kyle Leach, was honored for his hard work in both developing the Museum's online presence and  organizing  and developing consistent protocols for museum artifacts and acquisitions.

Treasurer, Rebecca Howard, was honored for her service as treasurer for the Historical Society.

Resta Detwiler, Membership Chair, was honored for her work with recruiting and communicating with the membership.
In the year since Jim took office, the society has moved full steam ahead into the 21st Century.  The Museum now has a computer and storage necessary to catalog and organize the artifacts.  The website has been refreshed, as has the museum space.  We have increased our meeting to continue over the summer and the work the Society does has been expanded beyond our monthly presentations moreso than it has in the past.  The Society has Tee Shirts and Hats for sale, along with American Flag pins.

Jim hopes to continue the momentum the Society has gained this past year and continue to make improvements, increase membership, and our work done to preserve and record the History of the Town of Farmington.

Consider joining this active and fun group!

11 November 2014

Thank You to Our Veterans and Happy Birthday, Farmington Historical Society!

Farmington Historical Society
November 11, 1949

The name of this organization shall be The Farmington Historical Society, Incorporated.

The object of this organization shall be to furnish an opportunity for united thought and action in collecting, preserving, and publishing whatever may relate to the early and late history of the town of Farmington, to preserve such articles or relics of the early settlers of the country and such records of colonial and later ware and such other objects and records as may be of interest to the Society, and to provide such education as is deemed of interest to the community.

Happy Veteran's Day

History of Veteran's Day from the United States Department of Veteran's Affairs

Harry S. Truman, Proclamation 2862, Armistice Day on The American Presidency Project

Proclamation 2862 - Armistice Day, 1949
October 29, 1949
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

Whereas within a single generation the two most devastating wars in human history brought death or despair to millions; and

Whereas the signing of the World War I Armistice on November 11, 1918, aroused in the hearts of men the ardent hope of a peace that would endure for all time; and

Whereas after the second holocaust men still desperately seek the goal of international accord which stirred their hearts in 1918; and

Whereas the Congress passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926 (44 Stat. 1982), providing for the observance of the anniversary of November 11, 1918, and by an act approved May 13, 1938 (52 Stat. 351), the Congress stipulated that November 11 of each year should, as a legal holiday, be dedicated to the cause of world peace:

Now, Therefore, I, Harry S. Truman, President of the United States of America, do hereby urge the people of the United States to celebrate Friday, November 11, 1949, as Armistice Day by recalling to mind the valor not only of those who brought victory to the Allied banners on November 11, 1918, but also of those who refought freedom's battle for the succeeding generation.

And I invite our citizens to rededicate themselves on November 11, at ceremonies to be held in schools, churches, and other suitable places, to the cause of peace throughout the world. I also direct that the flag of the United States be displayed on all Government buildings on that day.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States of America to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington this 29th day of October in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and forty-nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and seventy-fourth.

By the President:

Secretary of State.

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