FORT HARMONY RESTORATION MEETING
Fort Harmony Historical Society Meeting Jan 30, 2008
Meeting Commenced: 4:30 P.M. at the Library
Members in attendance; Lyman Platt, Karen Platt, Rachelle Colvin, Vernile
Roger Simister, Boyd Fenn, Mac Macdonald, Edwina Jones, Sharon Prince
Margaret is ill, Dorothy and Hal Torgersen have company, Della Fenn
Karen noted- Margaret does not want to be Vice-President anymore- we
need a new one.
Edwina Jones- new Publicity Chairman
Rachelle Colvin- new Secretary will serve w/ Julie Danis as backup.
Lyman received certificate from the LDS Church History Dept. for submitting
a copy of Jane Whites Fort Harmony CAD plot.
Lyman and Karen went to Fort Bridger this year located in Winslow, Arizona.
- Did not like what was done with their Fort. It was not built or started
well. They did not do an archaeological dig so all the information is
at risk of being totally lost. Lets make sure we dont do
that with our Fort.
- They stopped at the Historical Museum in Winslow. This is along Route
66. They do a newsletter (they showed and passed around for all to see)
do we want to do one???? Comments were no because website serves
Lyman Happy 80th birthday to Boyd Fenn.
Karen- Main issues
- We have someone who has money to buy the 7 ½ acres with 5 acres
- Karen will ask the Redds if they can come up with some money
- We have a lawyer now- he said that as a 501 c 3 corporation we can
- Wants to put a building on the 2 ½ acres
might be able
to have a pre-manufactured log home donated.
- Mike Empeys office wants to help. Karen is going to write a
proposal for $500,000 to $700,000
- Would rather have donor for land and then build a building.
- Jim will pursue that possibility.
- Need to submit proposal by the middle of February.
- Needs help writing proposal and wants to know what kind of building
we want to have.
- We want to put in a Civic Cultural center, Museum for Fort
- If we get building and money and New Harmony want to annex to the
Interstate it would go to them.
- The building can be a county or town building. We need to be looking
at the long term permanence of it, the upkeep, utilities
- Restore the Fort? Yes, but it will be years down the road.
- Mike Empey suggested getting Bennett and Hatch on board.
Lyman- We need to apply for this money, if we dont bid for it,
it will just go to
someone else. It might as well be Fort Harmony. You get an idea and
you go after it.
- The new Lawyer, Steve Swindle, is helping us with the paperwork. See
what he has already put together for us. (passed around papers that
he had already done for all to see)
Karen- Eventually we will be our own 501 c 3 non-profit corporation,
Vicki Tyler is covering us until then, but she has counseled us that
we about 3 years to get it. At that time, her office would have to terminate
Jim- New Harmony, if they annexed out to the freeway, it would be city
property instead of county.
Lyman- We would help them get their needs met, but ours would also be
Jim- Wants permission to contact the New Harmony city officials regarding
Vernile- Annexing is not that easy
**Discussion regarding the unhappiness of New Harmony wanting to annex.
Karen- The issue is getting a building- manned by volunteers. Bluff
and Escalante have done
so, either volunteers or figure out how to pay for taxes, upkeep, etc.
Vernile- Money would be available for a Senior Center.
Karen - There is plenty of room on that acreage for a Senior Citizens
Lyman- -We have discussed that as one of the buildings we want.-The
archaeology dig has started momentum. Mathesons office has seen
what were doing and was excited.
-Appropriations- every year new money is available and if you are doing
good thing with it you can get more.
- The whole process needs to be looked at as a long term process
- The Lee Family wants to know whats happening with Fort Harmony.
Karen and Lyman have been invited to Arizona in May or June by the Lees
-Lee Family bought the statue and it is in storage.
-Brother and Sister Madsen are involved/ in charge for the Lee Family
fund raising activities.
-Redd Family might be another source.
Karen- -We want the 2 ½ acres and the 5 acres
-We need to have several options and be flexible. A bird in the bush
is worth 2 in the hand. Lyman) but Karen will let go of the one to get
the other 2.
-There is a slight possibility of a State Park
Lyman- -There is land around here that will be developed as commercial
property within the next 5 years.
Karen- -Do you want me to write the proposal for the $700,000.
Lyman- -Could see it developing in this way, 7 ½ being sold this
year, put in the foundation, waterlines, and get it ready for the next
Lyman- -We had $2500 worth of volunteer labor for the archaeology dig.
That makes over $120,000.00 in volunteer labor for FHHS.
Karen- -Eldon Smoot has promised us 12 acres, Jim, will he donate this
Jim- -Well, he wont sell it to anyone else.
Karen- -Jim, will you ask him if he will give us the land?
Karen- -We cant put a community building on the land directly
south of the Fort because that is where the old corrals were. - Could
have a barn raising there.
Jim- -Does it have to be a building, building?
Karen- -It can be a barn
-I would put the Memorial garden on the 2 ½ acres
-5 acres directly south for the barn, community building next 5 acres
-20 acres below for the retirement center and then have a park and play
with an outdoor theatre.
Lyman- -We can work outside the Fort walls when it dries up.
Karen- -We need to do this like Pipe Springs and Cove Fort.
Edwina- -Volunteered to make a map of the area and what the sections
are and what is going where.
Karen- -Right now the County owns where the Fort and the Library is,
but we need to look into possibility of leasing the Fort property to
take care of it.
Edwina- -Can the Barn be the Community Center?
Karen- -Karen no. When the archaeologists come, we need a place for
them to put their
Boyd- -Could we make an elegant barn?
Karen- -Yes, like Cove Fort is a good suggestion.
Jim- -What can we do with the property east of the Fort?
Lyman- -Move along, I need to give the Financial Report
Karen- -Jim, Boyd, Vernile, think this through for an outline for the
Karen wants Jim to see about a commitment to donate land, or we need
to pay for it.
Lyman- -Gives the Financial Report. See Financial Report.
We have total of about $800.00.
Karen- -The State says we can work on the berm.
-Caleb Smith is in charge of that for his Eagle project. He will need
Fort Harmony Days-
-we need to schedule a date so we can tell the Redd Family and other
people who want to attend.
-end of May, first of June
-lets tentatively plan on Memorial Day Weekend, everyone check their
schedules and see if this will work.
-Water Glyphs- Feb 15th will check and schedule
For Harmony Histories-
-We need histories on everyone who has lived at Fort Harmony.
-Go to the Website and look up a person, coordinate with Lyman to make
sure no one else is working on that person, collect information and
put together a history- min. of a paragraph, max. what ever you want.
Lyman- -His Cousin John Hottel, who did the spinning demo at Fort Harmony
Days last year, has donated a Weaving Loom to Fort Harmony Historical
Society. If you want to see it, it is at the Platts house. Maybe
we could do a DUP field trip to try it out.
Karen- Can Boyd, Jim and Vernile draw up a plan for Karen- its
due about Feb 15th
Next meeting in 2 weeks- Feb 14th @ 4:30
Meeting closed- 5:50 P.M.