The board meeting was held as a video teleconference via Google Hangouts.  Attending: Michael Helmantoler, President; Margaret Buttars, Secretary/Treasurer; Russ Felt, Chairman; Mark Trotter and Chuck Mood, Camp Floyd State Parks Representatives;  Robin Watson-Christianson, Friends of the Utah State Parks Representative.

Video Conferencing Project
This and the last monthly meeting were held using only Google Hangout video to involve Friends in St. George and Davis Counties.  The Hangout video conference feature accommodates 9 speakers, we had 9 in January. The Hangout Uberconference  add-in application  extends the online meeting to  9 additional voice calls.  In February we will do a combination of face to face at the Lehi Archives which does not have telephone lines or broadband internet so we will use a cell phone for audio conferencing with the distant parties.

Internet Based Fundraising Project
Mike H reported that our Google Search AdWords grant for $300 a month is bringing more hits on our web site. The December fundraising campaign tools from Global Giving.org and Razoo.com advertisements on our website gave our scholarships campaigns good visibility. However, since these payment facilitators keep 3% of the money for credit card and processing fees, some of our members don’t like using this tool. 

Signage Project
We did not raise any money using Global Giving web advertising for our signage campaign. But we found out we can order the signs to be produced by the State Prison if we order through the State park.  We will also post our Walking Tour Stops as pin on Google Maps.

Social Media  Project
The most success we had using social media tools including Facebook, MeWe.com, Twitter, Pinterest and Google was with LinkedIn.com.   Mike H used his personal contact list and got connected to about 50 historians interested in Utah and Civil War history. Many are professionals at Family Search, Church History Department and the Utah Department of History.

History Society Project
Since forming the Fairfield Utah History Society as a Friends project, we have created and published a FamilySearch.org research wiki page.   There was only a “stub” research article on Fairfield; so we got permission to adopt the Fairfield page. We added links to articles on our Friends web site such as the families on 1860 Census of Camp Floyd.

Mike H proposed we join and attend the Federation of Genealogy Societies in Salt Lake next month.  We can expose our society to 3,000 other societies and distribute flyers on the books we will be publishing.

Booklet Series Project
The history society will publish 6-8 booklets and sell them through the Park Museum, the State approved that we could sell them to the Commissary at wholesale then the commissary could sell at retail.  The Friends of Camp Floyd would hold the copyright and could sell electronic Kindle versions. 
  • Russ Felt said he received a history of Fairfield from Jerri Hanson written in 1945.  He thought it would be a good idea to have it at the front of the book and then have families add their histories to the book.  


  • Mike H. found a copy of the Carson family walking tour from 1945.  It could be in a book form to accompany several maps that could be sold in the commissary.  Mark wants to look at it first.

  • Pam Carson sent a notice about an article about the Pony Express in the Salt Lake Tribune. Russ Felt contacted the reporter to come to the Camp Floyd to see the Pony Express artifacts this June.  

  • Russ and John Haws put together a booklet of poems written by Camp Floyd soldiers.  It is being editing by a former BYU English professor and will be ready soon.
Annual Membership Dues
Mike H reminded all that we can pay our dues through Pay Pal on the website or by check to Margaret Buttars. The membership card provides unlimited access to the park and 10% discount on commissary items including  books.

Artifacts and Archives
We have boxes of Camp Floyd artifacts donated by Ron Meyer of American Fork.   There are a hundred and thirty boxes of BYU archaeological artifacts are being kept in the Fort Douglas archive.  Chuck Mood of the State Park is working on the inventory and which reminds them that they belong  of Camp Floyd.

Next Meeting:     Feb. 5, 2015            Lehi Archives Building               7:00 P.M.    

Minutes Recorded by Margaret Buttars, Secretary/Treasurer. Edited and Approved by Michael Helmantoler, President

            

 


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