Valley Historical Society (IVHS) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit
organization whose mission is to collect, preserve, research and interpret
the historical and cultural heritage of the Ischua Valley region.
We are working to set up a state-of-the-art research center where
family genealogists and historians can perform their searches.
We are staffed by unpaid volunteers who support our mission, giving
freely of their time and talent. Among those volunteers are the following
Al Fish, President - Al works tirelessly to ensure
that administrative details are adhered to and completed efficiently,
and oversees our monthly Board Meetings.
He also contributes his time and talent assisting with restoration
and conservation projects.
Bruce Fredrickson, Vice President - Brice is always
in attemdamce at our monthly Board Meetings. He contributes his time
and talent assisting with restoration and conservation projects.
Carol Merkle, Treasurer - Carol
is our newly elected Treasurer. She is responsible for paying bills
and keeping our accounts in order. This is no easy task. We appreciate
her stepping into the position after long-time treasurer Duane Walker
moved to Oregon.
Peter Molyneaux, Secretary
- Peter records minutes of our monthly meetings and keeps track of
our events. In addition, Peter contributes
his time and impressive talents taking photographs of our events
the 3 historical properties owned by the IVHS. Future generations
will appreciate being the beneficiaries of his efforts. Peter also
created his own IVHS
Facebook page which includes some of his photographs
Fredrickson, Newsletter Editor - Maggie, a decades-long IVHS
member and volunteer, is a retired school teacher, and a walking history
book. Her extensive historical knowledge of the Ischua Valley is
remarkable. She devotes her time to writing the IVHS quarterly newsletters,
compiling and organizing our collection of documents, photographs,
artifacts, etc. Maggie handles research questions from the public.
In addition, she uses her own resources to acquire historical letters,
photographs, postcards, books, documents, etc. which she contributes
to the IVHS collections.
If all that were not enough, she contributes her time and talent
in planning and organizing our Annual Flag Day Celebrations, Annual
4th of July Picnics, Annual Harvest
Dinners, Annual Christmas Partys when feasible, Weddings at the Miner's
Cabin, and the IVHS participation at Franklinville's Maple Festival.
Finally, Maggie finds and engages guest speakers/historians for
of these events, and for our monthly Board Meetings.
Our Webmaster - In 2010, our Webmaster, a direct-line
descendant of General Joseph McCluer, volunteered time, talent and
treasure to create and maintain our website at the instruction of
Maggie Fredrickson. All costs (hosting and domain name) are
paid for by our Webmaster.
In 2011, at the direction of Maggie Fredrickson, our Webmaster offered
to design a new newsletter format with images and links to additional
information. The option to receive our newsletter via email was offered,
which saves IVHS some of the cost of printing and postage. Subsequent
publications of the IVHS Newsletters are still performed by our Webmaster.
We are fortunate to have a dedicated group of Board Members who attend
monthly meetings, and volunteer for our activities and events. They
include: Elizabeth Conner, Scott Floyd, Terry Hahn, Tammy LeJeune,
Mark Werwinski, and Terri Wersinski.
If you are a local resident and would like to contribute your time
and/or talent to our mission, please contact Maggie Fredrickson at
Properties Owned by the IVHS
Updated: 08 Sep 2023