Sheffield Village Historical Society and Cultural Center


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OBJECTIVES & GOALS

The Sheffield Village Historical Society & Cultural Center is
a relatively new organization that was informally started in 2003. The first meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on July 13, 2006 and a Constitution and Bylaws were adopted on October 11. 2007. We are an all-volunteer organization with an enthusiastic membership of 265 individuals and businesses [as of May 2008]. Sheffield Village is a traditional farming community of nearly 4,000 inhabitants in northeastern Lorain County, Ohio. The Village was settled by New England families in 1815 as part of the Connecticut Western Reserve and was organized as the first township in Lorain County in 1824. Today, Sheffield Village is in a period of transition as residential and commercial development spreads westward from the Cleveland metropolitan area. With a focus on Sheffield’s rich heritage, the Society was created to discover, archive, preserve, and interpret documents and other materials, which illustrate the history of Sheffield and its environs, thereby engendering civic pride in our community for old and new residents alike.

Our Society is fortunate in that we have obtained and renovated an early 1900s farmhouse as our museum and document archives, known as the Sheffield History Center. We are also fortunate that many descendants of the early settlers still live in the areas and they have graciously contributed many documents, photographs, and artifacts to the History Center. Our greatest challenge is the proper archiving and preservation of these valuable objects. Our goal is to transcribe, electronically scan, or digitally record the documents, maps, drawings, and photographs and preserve the original materials. We are also exploring technique for the preservation of physical artifacts from the mid-1800s, including wooden, leather, and textile objects, as we develop methods for the proper storage, climate control, display, and handling of delicate historic artifacts.

Dr. Charles E. Herdendorf, President and Director of the Sheffield Village Historical Society & Cultural Center, is Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences at The Ohio State University where he directed the Ohio Sea Grant College Program. He is a certified professional geologist and nautical archaeologist. Dr. Herdendorf is a past director of the Great Lakes Historical Society of Vermilion, Ohio and currently serves as a Director of the Lorain County Historical Society of Elyria, Ohio and a Trustee of the Firelands Archaeological Research Center of Amherst, Ohio. Dr. Herdendorf is responsible for the care of collections housed in the Sheffield History Center. He is particularly experiences in the recovery and preservation of marine artifacts and has documented several shipwrecks in the Atlantic Ocean and Great Lakes. Dr Herdendorf is assisted in this endeavor by Mr. Ronald P. Forster, Vice-President of the Sheffield Village Historical Society & Cultural Center, and Chairman of the Society’s Archives and Collections Committee. Mr. Forster is employed by the Avon Lake School District and served as President of the Sheffield Village Council. Together, Dr. Herdendorf and Mr. Forster have formulated a set of guidelines for the Sheffield History Center, titled Accession Policy and Procedures for Historic Artifacts and Documents

 

ACTIVITIES & PROJECTS

Sheffield Village Historical Society and Cultural Center

The Sheffield Village Historical Society & Cultural Center has initiated a history outreach program that is composed of six distinct but related projects, which include: (1) a quarterly newsletter, titled The Village Pioneer, (2) a proposal to establish a North Ridge Scenic Byway in Lorain County, (3) a Scenic Byway Tour for Northeastern Lorain County, (4) a mapping and database project for historic Garfield Cemetery, (5) a inventory of official records archived at the Sheffield Village Hall, and (6) the Daniel Garfield Barn preservation project. The description of each of these activities is organized in the following manner—objective, approach, key individuals, accomplishments, and budget.

Society’s Quarterly Newsletter, The Village Pioneer

Objectives—(1) to produce a full color, 8- to 10-page quarterly newsletter that would announce the founding of a Historical Society for the Village of Sheffield, Ohio—thereby attracting members to the Society, (2) to publish high-quality articles of historic interest, and (3) to inform citizens, businesses, and other organizations in the region of events which focus on the heritage of the Village.

Approach—The Village Pioneer is published quarterly by the Society (spring, summer, fall and winter). The front page contains a table of contents (In This Issue…), a major headline articles, and a calendar of Society Events. The interior pages are devoted to high-quality, substantive articles of historic interest, news of Society activities and acquisitions (such as the Society’s purchase of a new tower bell for the Village Hall), and heritage issues that relate to the Village. For example a cellular communications tower was proposed for construction within 85 feet of the historic Sheffield Village Hall (built in 1873 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places). An article pointing out the visual and potential physical adverse effects of this proposal was published in the March 2007 issue of The Village Pioneer. Based on the recommendations of the Society, the design was modified to that of a flagpole-type tower and relocated approximately one quarter-mile to the west of the Village Hall.

Key Individuals—Charles E. Herdendorf (newsletter writer/editor), Ricki C. Herdendorf (editorial review, computer page & digital image layout), Kathryn Keefer (editorial review & newsletter distribution).

Accomplishments—The first newsletter, The Village Pioneer, was published in December 2006 (Volume 1, No. 1), the second in March 2007 (Volume 2, No. 1), and the seventh is currently under preparation and will be issued in September 2008 (Volume 3, No. 3). The newsletters were distributed to approximately 200 households and over 100 businesses/organizations in the Village and surrounding region. As a result of the first newsletter, the Society’s original membership of 13 increased to 94. Following the second newsletter the number of members rose again to our current membership of 124. On September 29, 2007, Sheffield Village Historical Society & Cultural Center was awarded the Excellence Award from the Ohio Association of Historical Societies & Museums for its superior newsletter and other outreach projects.

Establish a North Ridge Scenic Byway in Lorain County

Objective—to prepare a high-quality, document that nominates State Route 254 in Lorain County as the North Ridge Scenic Byway and to submit the proposal to the Ohio Scenic Byways Program within the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Approach—In coordination with the Avon Historical Society, and with endorsements from the three communities through which State Route 254 passes in Lorain County —Sheffield Village, Sheffield Township, and the City of Avon—the Sheffield Village Historical Society prepared a 175-page, full-color proposal, which documents purpose and significance of the route, outlines the natural and cultural setting along the corridor, and describes in detail the scenic, recreational, cultural, natural, archaeological, historical, agricultural, residential, and commercial features along the proposed Scenic Byway. A management plan for the Scenic Byway was also proposed.

Key Individuals—Charles E. Herdendorf (senior author/photographer, Sheffield Village Historical Society), Ralph D. White (co-author/photographer, Avon Historical Society), Thomas K. Hoerrle (co-author, Lorain County Historical Society), Ricki C. Herdendorf (computer page and digital image layout), Taylor J. Smith (president, Avon Historical Society), Joe Richvalsky (architectural historian, Avon), Brent Eberhard (archivist, Ohio Historic Preservation Office, historic inventory forms), and Brian Redmond (archaeologist, Cleveland Museum of Natural History).

Accomplishments—Proposal to establish a North Ridge Scenic Byway in Lorain County was submitted to the Ohio Scenic Byways Program Office at the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) in December 2005. Copies of the proposal were distributed to local libraries, the Lorain County Historical Society, Lorain County Metro Parks, and supporting communities and organizations. In May 2007, the Ashland District Office of ODOT conducted a site visit of the proposed Scenic Byway and issued a recommendation to the Program Office that the North Ridge Scenic Byway be approved. In June 2007, Paul Staley, coordinator of the Scenic Byways Program contacted Dr. Herdendorf indicating that his office had also approved the proposal and that the final step was approval by the director of ODOT. On August 23, 2007, James G. Beasley. Director of ODOT notified Dr. Herdendorf by letter that the North Ridge Scenic Byway was officially designated by the State of Ohio. Designation of State Route 254 as the North Ridge Scenic Byway will engender a greater public awareness of the cultural and natural attributes associated with this important corridor.

Scenic Byway Tour for Northeastern Lorain County

Objective—to develop a coordinated, inter-society activity that would generate support for the Lorain County Historic Preservation Network. Because of the recently designated Lake Erie Coastal Scenic Byway and the proposal to create one along State Route 254 (North Ridge/Detroit Roads) a committee was established to host a guided tour in northeastern Lorain County.

Approach—The Sheffield Village Historical Society, in coordination with the Avon Historical Society, the Avon Lake Landmark Preservation Society, the Lorain County Metro Parks, the Sheffield Lake Park Board, and the 103rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Memorial Foundation, prepared and submitted a Proposal to Host a Northeast Lorain County Scenic Byways Tour to the Lorain County Historical Society in May 2006. The purpose of the tour was to raise funds to support the Lorain County Historic Preservation Network and the local historical societies. The proposal was accepted and the tour was conducted on September 9, 2006. The 15-mile tour followed northeastern Lorain Counties established and proposed scenic byways—Lake Road in Avon Lake/Sheffield Lake and Detroit Road in Avon/Sheffield Village. A passport and a map/guidebook was prepared for the tour participants which included descriptions of seven stops along the route. Guided tours were given at (1) the Sheffield Village Hall & Garfield Cemetery, (2) 1820s Burrell Homestead in Sheffield, (3) Shell Cove Park in Sheffield Lake—home of the famed Devonian “Terrible Fish,” (4) 103rd O.V.I. Civil War Regiment Camp and Museum, (5) restored 1902 Thomas Folger summer house in Avon Lake, (6) 1871 Old Avon Town Hall, and (7) the famed Avon Isle dance pavilion and park. The theme of the tour was History Speaks!

Key Individuals—Charles E. Herdendorf (proposal author & tour coordinator), Taylor J. Smith (proposal co-author & tour coordinator, Avon Historical Society), Terry Wacker (tour committee & trustee, LCHS), Marilyn F. Harley (tour committee, Lorain County Historic Preservation Network), Matt Kocsis (tour guide & historian, Lorain County Metro Parks), Deborah Wagner (tour guide, 103rd O.V.I.), John Early (tour guide, Avon Lake LPS), Ralph White (tour guide, Avon Historical Society), and Thomas K. Hoerrle (tour guide, Lorain County Historical Society).

Accomplishments—The tour was an outstanding success with 150 participants and generated nearly $2000 to support county and local historic preservation activities. The local newspaper carried individual articles on the seven tour stops for several weeks before the tour. The project demonstrated the advantages of several societies working together for a common goal that also yielded an opportunity to deliver a local message. Dr. Herdendorf was invited to give the keynote address on the project at the Annual Lorain County Inter-Society Committee Meeting on November 2, 2006. In addition to taking the members on a visual tour or the seven stops, he presented 10 lessons learned from the project and encouraged other sectors of the county to develop similar tours.

Historic Garfield Cemetery Mapping and Database Project

Objectives—(1) to re-map the gravesites in historic Garfield Cemetery, (2) create a computerized database of the information available on the decedents, and (3) publish a full-color report of the project findings. The purpose of this project was to simulate interest in the history of Sheffield Village by assembling a comprehensive database and make it readily available to Garfield Cemetery visitors as well as those wishing to pursue Sheffield’s heritage.

Approach—Utilizing old maps and field mapping techniques, the location of 961 burial sites were determined. The location of the gravestones in relation to the decedent (footstone or headstone) was noted as well as the type of material from which the marker was constructed and any inscriptions. From funeral director records, old ledgers, and death certificates the gender, longevity, birth/death dates and location, cause of death, military service, and relationship to nearby decedents was entered in an Excel™ database. From these data, color maps depicting the gravesites in each cemetery block were produced depicting the location of family plots, grave markers, military service, and relationships. Historical analyses were performed on the longevity of decedents by time period and gender, as well as causes of death. Because of the archaic nature of some of the medical terminology a glossary was included in the report.

Key Individuals—Charles E. Herdendorf (senior author), Ricki C. Herdendorf (co-author), Catherine Price-Gentile (Cemetery Superintendent), Leo Sheets (Village Councilman), Kathryn Keefer (Assistant to Clerk/Treasurer), Kenneth Kaczay (Village Service Administrator), and Thomas K. Hoerrle (Lorain County Historical Society).

Accomplishments—The Sheffield Village Historical Society published a 196-page, full-color report titled Historic Garfield Cemetery 1817- 2006: Historical Analysis, Description and Maps, and Information Database with a companion folio of 9 color maps in September 2006. Copies of the report were distributed to Village officials, local libraries, the Lorain County Historical Society, and the City of Sheffield Lake. This report has greatly facilitated the ability to locate a specific grave and conversely to identify the person who is buried at any particular location in the cemetery. For those wishing to purchase a gravesite, the report has been a valuable asset in making a selection.

Inventory of Official Records Archived at the Sheffield Village Hall

Objective—At the request of Village of Sheffield officials, the Sheffield Historical Society conducted an inventory of official Village records stored in the offices and basement of the Sheffield Village Hall. The objective of the project was to produce a publication that provided an easy way to locate and search the Village’s hard-copy files for records on a specific topic.

Approach—The records in the offices and basement of the Village Hall included files from 1934 through the 1990s for the Clerk/Treasurer, Cemetery, Police, Fire, Service, Water, and Building Departments, the Mayor’s Office, Village Council, and the Mayor’s Court, as well as Ordinances and Resolutions. Many of the records in the basement were in deplorable condition—water logged, dusty, and crammed in dilapidated boxes. The first order of business was to dry the files and re-box them in new containers. The file boxes were analyzed for general contents and arranged chronologically by Village department on sturdy shelving units; the boxes were then numbered sequentially from 1 to 381. The contents of each box were then entered in a computerized database and labels were placed on each indicating the contents.

Key Individuals—Charles E. Herdendorf (archivist/senior author), Ricki C. Herdendorf (accountant/co-author), Kathryn Keefer (assistant to the Village Clerk/Treasurer), Leo Sheets (Village Councilman), Michael Zurich (Village Police Chief), Jeffrey Young (Village Fire Chief), Kenneth Kaczay (Village Service Administrator), and Catherine Price-Gentile (Garfield Cemetery Superintendent).

Accomplishments—The Sheffield Village Historical Society produced a 18-page inventory report of official records archived at the Sheffield Village Hall and presented copies to all of the Village Departments. The report contained a map of the 24 shelving units/file cabinets cross-referenced to the boxes or files contained on/in each unit or cabinet. The report has greatly facilitated finding records stored in the Village Hall. The project also rescued important historic records from loss through deterioration. As a result of the project, the Village administration has created a records retention committee and has invited Dr. Herdendorf to serve as a member.

Daniel Garfield Barn Preservation Project

Objective—The Daniel Garfield barn was constructed on North Ridge in Sheffield Village during the Civil War period. The 10-acre farm on which the barn stood was sold to an automobile dealership in 2004 and the historic barn was scheduled for demolition. The Sheffield Village Historical Society (SVHS) undertook a project to preserve this historic building—thought to be the oldest farm building in the Village.

Approach—Using direct contact, media articles, letters of support from historic preservation organizations, and a resolution (No. 459) from the Village of Sheffield Council—the developer was encouraged to preserve the historic barn.

Key Individuals—Charles E. Herdendorf (director, Sheffield Village Historical Society & trustee, Lorain County Historical Society), Thomas K. Hoerrle (trustee, Sheffield Village Historical Society), Arthur J. Abraham (owner, Nissan dealership), William Bird (director, Lorain County Historical Society), George Strom (president, Lorain County Historical Society), Taylor J. Smith (president, Avon Historical Society), and Ronald Krystowski (farmer & historic vehicle collector, Avon).

Accomplishments—After several discussions, Mr. Abraham agreed to donate the historic barn to the Lorain County Historical Society who in turn transferred ownership to Mr. Krystowski with the stipulations that the recipient remove the barn, rebuild it on his farm, and periodically make the barn available for showing to the public as a historical artifact. As of June 2007, the barn has been successfully removed and reconstruction of the frame has been completed at the new location—approximately three miles east of its original location. Also, as a result of this experience, the Village of Sheffield Council passed resolution No. 482 which requires the building inspector to notify the Sheffield Village Historical Society of any potential demolition of a structure within the Village.

Anticipated Future Projects

The Sheffield Village Historical Society & Cultural Center will continue to issue its quarterly newsletter, The Village Pioneer, and distribute it to Society members, as well as local officials, schools, libraries, and other historical organizations. The Society will continue hold informative meeting, guest lectures and tours of historic facilities in Sheffield Village and the surrounding area. The Society will also continue its work to document the history of the Village by collecting and preserving historic documents, photographs, trade and domestic artifacts, and textiles.

Working with the Sheffield Village Council and Mayor’s Office, the Sheffield Village Historical Society & Cultural Center is helping develop a ordinance to preserve and maintain the North Ridge Historic District in the southern portion of the Village. Hearings on this ordinance will began in March 2008.

In conjunction with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Sheffield Village Historical Society & Cultural Center will co-sponsor an archaeological project on a National Register Archaeological Site (Burrell Orchard Site, Ohio 33-LN-15) located in the Sheffield Village. Members of the community will be invited to participate in an archaeological field school during the summer of 2008.

One of the major industries in Sheffield Village in the mid- to late-1900s was the greenhouse agri-business for raising “hot house” tomatoes and other vegetables. The Sheffield Village Historical Society & Cultural Center has initiated a project to document the rise and decline of this industry in the form of an illustrated publication. The project is scheduled for completion in 2008.

In a fashion similar to the process followed for Garfield Cemetery, Sheffield Village Historical Society & Cultural Center has initiated and will complete in compiling a database and map for St. Teresa Cemetery, the other major cemetery located in Sheffield Village. The publication of the results of this project is anticipated in 2009.

The Sheffield Village Historical Society & Cultural Center plans to initiate a project designed to yield a Timeline of Milestones in the History of Sheffield Village. The project will result in a bound publication that is generously illustrated with both black & white and color illustrations

 

CONSTITUTION

Sheffield Village Historical Society and Cultural Center

Preamble

This organization, recognized by the Village of Sheffield, Ohio (Resolution No. 469), is a nonprofit, unincorporated historical and cultural society organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes under section 501(c)(3) Internal Revenue Code, or any future federal tax code.

Article I - Name

The name of this organization shall be the Sheffield Village Historical Society and Cultural Center, herein known as the Society.

Article II - Purpose

The purpose of the Society is to discover, archive, preserve, and interpret documents and other materials that further establish and illustrate the history of Sheffield and its environs. The Society is established to promote the heritage of our village by (1) making historic information available for research and general interest, (2) providing educational opportunities, and (3) encouraging the preservation of historical structures, artifacts, and monuments. The Society recognizes that developing cooperative programs and projects with other civic, educational, recreational, and historic organizations can best achieve these goals. The Society is committed to engaging in diverse fund-raising activities to fulfill its mission.

Article III - Membership

Membership in the Society shall be open to anyone interested in furthering the purposes of the Society by payment of annual dues in amounts and categories of membership as established by a Board of Trustees.

Article IV - Trustees

The responsibilities of the Board of Trustees shall be to govern, operate, and guide the direction of the Society. The execution of this responsibility shall be consistent with the Constitution, Bylaws, and terms of any other agreement into which the Society may enter

Article V - Officers

The officers shall be members of the Board of Trustees, and shall consist of president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and immediate past president. The Board to Trustees shall elect from and the officers.

Article VI - Meetings

The Annual Meeting of the membership shall take place once each year at a time and place selected by the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees shall meet at least quarterly. Additional meetings of the membership and invited guests to conduct business and to present educational or informational programs shall be held from time to time at places determined by the Board of Trustees.

Article VII - Amendments

Amendments to the Constitution shall be proposed by the Board of Trustees or through written petition by the Society’s membership with at least 10 percent of the signatures of members. The Constitution may be amended by a vote of two-thirds of the either the Board of Trustees or the Society’s members. Notice of the proposed amendment shall be presented to the Board and membership in ballot form thirty days prior to the meeting where the votes will be cast.

Article VIII - Rules of Order

Standard parliamentary procedure shall be followed for the meetings. Questions or conflicts in meeting procedure shall be resolved by reference to Robert’s Rules of Order, so long as the solution is not in conflict with the Constitution and Bylaws of the Society.

Article IX - Code of Ethics

The Sheffield Village Historical Society, its trustees, officers, members, and any staff or volunteers shall be committed to responsible performance both professionally and ethically.

Article X - Discrimination

The Society shall not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or national/ethnic origin.

Article XI - Dissolution

In the case of dissolution, the Board of Trustees shall take appropriate action to transfer its collections, funds, and other assets to one or more not-for-profit organizations having a similar mission and having exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) Internal Revenue Code, or any future federal tax code.

Adopted October 10, 2007

 

BYLAWS

Sheffield Village Historical Society and Cultural Center

Article I - Membership

Any person, family, or business/organization may become a member of the Society by agreeing to be bound by the Constitution and Bylaws of the Society, and by paying the annual membership dues established by the Board of Trustees. Charter membership dues shall be set at $10.00 for individual members, $15.00 for family membership, and $25 for business/corporate or organization membership. Each individual member shall have one vote. A family membership is defined as all those persons living in a single family dwelling; each individual shall be listed on the membership roster and each family membership shall have the equivalent of one vote. Business/organization memberships shall indicate a representative and have the equivalent of one vote. The Nominations and Membership Committee will prepare a roster of members annually for distribution by the Board of Trustees. Non-payment of dues by a date specified by the Board of Trustees shall be deemed voluntary resignation from the Society.

Article II - Meetings of the Board and Members

Quarterly meetings of the Board of Trustees shall typically be held on a consistent time, day, and week each quarter as determined by the Board. The meeting shall consist of a business meeting and from time to time a program open to the membership. The Education and Program Committee shall be responsible for arranging educational or informational presentations. The Board of Trustees may elect to suspend a quarterly meeting to accommodate other activities of the Society or for other substantive reasons. A least one general meeting of the membership shall be held annually.

Special meetings may be called at any time by order of the Board of Trustees or the President. Special meetings may also be called upon the written request of 20 or more of the voting members. The following Order of Business shall be adhered to at Society meetings:

Welcome & Role Call

Secretary Report

Treasurer’s Report

Committee Reports

Presidents Report

Old Business

New Business

Schedule Next Board Meeting

Adjournment

Article III - Election and Voting

The Nominations and Membership Committee shall develop a slate of candidates for an uncontested election to the Board of Trustees. Each candidate shall have agreed to abide by the terms of office prior to the election. Nominations of Trustees for election shall be announced at the monthly meeting immediately before the Annual Meeting. Nominations may also be made from the floor at the announcement meeting, however, the nominee(s) must have agreed to the duties and responsibilities of a Trustee. A member of the Society, may, through a written proxy, authorize another to vote for him, or her at meetings, but the person so authorized must himself or herself be a member of the Society, and such proxy must be filed with the Secretary before the authorized person votes.

Article IV - Board of Trustees

The responsibilities of the Board of Trustees shall be to govern, operate, and guide the direction of the Society. The execution of this responsibility shall be consistent with the Constitution, Bylaws, and terms of any other agreement into which the Society may enter.

The Board of Trustees shall consist of at least nine (9), but not more than fifteen (15) members, who are active members of the Society. Three Board members shall represent specific aspects of the Village of Sheffield and the remaining members shall be elected at large. The designated members shall be (1) a representative of the Village of Sheffield nominated by its Mayor (2) a representative of the Lorain County Historical Society nominated by its Executive Director, and (3) a representative of Lorain County Metropolitan Park District nominated by its Director. The Founding Director of the Society shall appoint the inaugural members of the Board of Trustee for a term of three years.

All elected members of the Board of Trustees shall serve a term of three (3) years. The immediate past president shall be an ex-officio member of the Board. All Committee Chairs, who are not regular members of the Board, shall be ex-officio members of the Board of Trustees. Any vacancy on the Board of Trustees caused by death, resignation, or removal shall be filled by appointment from the Society membership by the Director with the concurrence of the Board of Trustees.

A quorum for a Board of Trustees meeting shall consist of five (5) members of the Board. The Board of Trustees shall meet at least quarterly. The Board of Trustees shall manage the affairs of the Society and administer the policies of the Society in accordance with Civil Law, and the Society’s Constitution and Bylaws. The Board of Trustees shall designate those persons authorized to conduct financial transactions for the Society. The Board of Trustees shall also make recommendations to the members at regular and special meetings concerning matters requiring decision of the membership. Board members are responsible for attending board meetings, financial support of the Society, and serving on at least one committee. Without Board of Trustee approval, no Society member shall contract anything on behalf of the Society.

A board member may be removed from office, for a demonstrated cause, with a two-thirds vote of the Board of Trustees.

Article V – Officers

Officers of the Society shall include President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and immediate Past President. All officers shall serve a term of two (2) years, being elected from and by the Board of Trustees. A vacancy in the officer ranks shall be filled from among the remaining Board members.

The duties of the President are to serve as Director of the Society, to preside at all meetings of the Society and the Board of Trustees, and to manage the affairs of the Society. The President, in consultation with other Board members, shall develop a Strategic Plan for the Society. This Plan shall be reviewed and updated every two years. The duties of the Vice-President are to discharge the duties of the President in the event of absence or disability of the President, and to assist the President in executive duties. The duties of the Past President are to provide continuity from one administration to the next and to preside over meetings in the event the President and Vice President cannot attend a meeting.

The duties of the Secretary are to keep a record of the proceedings of the Board of Trustees and meetings of the Society, and to maintain a file of the business correspondence and other official documents of the Society. The Treasurer will serve as Business Manager of the Society and keep an account of all monies, credits, accounts, and property of the Society. The President and the Treasurer are authorized to make payment for routine Society expenditures from Society accounts. Major expenditures require approval of the Board of Trustees

The initial organizer of the Society, to be known as the Founding Director, shall serve as the Society’s inaugural President for a term of three (3) years and shall appoint the inaugural Board of Trustees and its Officers.

An officer may be removed form office, for a demonstrated cause, with two-thirds vote of the Board of Trustees.

Article VI - Committees

All committee members shall be appointed by the President in consultation with other members of the Board of Trustees. All Society members are encouraged to serve on committees by making their desires known to the President or a Board member. Each committee shall provide quarterly reports too the Board of Trustees. Committees shall elect a chairperson if the President does not appoint one. Committees shall form sub-committees, as they are needed, to fulfill their charge. The following standing Committees shall be established:

Membership & Development Committee—The committee shall consist of 5 or more members, each being an active member of the Society. The objective of the committee is to attract new members to the Society, in all categories (individual, family, business, and organization) and recommend membership policies and strategies to the Board of Trustees. The committee will maintain a roster of all active members and committee assignments. The committee shall, from time to time, recommend awards or other recognitions to members or other worthy individuals or organizations for outstanding service to the Society or for other significant contributions, which further the mission of the Society. The committee is also charged with developing methods of raising funds to support Society activities. The committee shall implement fund-raising activities for the Society in consultation with the Board of Trustees.

Meetings & Program Committee—The committee shall consist of 5 or more members, each being an active member of the Society. The objective of the committee is to schedule and plan membership meetings, develop educational or informational programs for the membership meetings, and formulate public lectures, seminars, workshops, youth/school programs, exhibits, and other educational activities for the Society. The committee is responsible for the promotion of programs and projects by various means of publicity. The committee shall contribute to the preparation of the Society’s newsletter and help attract new members to the Society in conjunction with the Membership & Development Committee. The committee shall explore and recommend special projects to the Board of Trustees to be undertaken by the Society.

Archives & Collections Committee—The committee shall consist of 5 or more members, each being an active member of the Society. The objective of the committee is to enhance and maintain the historic collections of the Society. The committee shall actively solicit the donation or acquisition of historic artifacts for the Society. The committee shall develop archives and collections management policies and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees for items to be accessioned or deaccessioned. The committee shall oversee the Society’s management practices for archives and collections, including the cleaning, restoration, and maintenance of artifacts. The committee shall maintain an inventory and descriptive catalog of items in the Society’s collections. The committee shall develop a gift receipt and acknowledgment policy. The committee shall also be responsible for investigating and recommending facilities to house the collections.

Historic Documentation & Preservation Committee—The committee shall consist of 5 or more members, each being an active member of the Society. The objective of the committee is to document the historic resources of Sheffield Village and its environs and to promote the preservation of these resources. The committee shall actively solicit the donation or acquisition of historic documents for the Society. The committee shall develop document-acquisition policies and cataloging procedures in conjunction with the Archives & Collections Committee. The committee shall maintain and periodically update an electronic database of the Society’s document holdings. The committee will be responsible for the preparation of the Society’s newsletter Village Pioneer. The committee shall be responsible for placing pertinent historical information on the Village of Sheffield website. The committee shall initiate projects to document and preserve historic resources and to produce publications presenting and interpreting the results of these projects.

Ad Hoc Committees—These committees will be formed from within the membership to accomplish specific, short-term objectives. The President shall appoint a chairperson, and that person shall appoint other committee members. The committees shall report their progress at quarterly meetings.

An ad hoc Nominating Committee, consisting of the Society offices and committee chairs, will be convened as needed to prepare a slate of candidates for election to the Board of Trustees and for election of Society officers. The Nominating Committee is also responsible for orientating new trustees to the Society.

An ad hoc Finance Committee shall consist of 5 members, each being an active member of the Society with at least 3 of whom shall be members of the Board of Trustees. The committee is charged with the responsibility of annually reviewing the Society’s financial records and fiscal policies and reporting to the Board of Trustees. The committee shall also develop an annual budget in conjunction with the Society officers for submission to the Board of Trustees for consideration.

Article VII - Amendments

An amendment to the Bylaws may be proposed by resolution of any Committee and must pass with a simple majority approval of the members of the Board of Trustees. Notice of proposed amendments shall be presented to Board one month prior to the meeting at which time the action shall be taken.

Adopted October 10, 2007

 

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Sheffield Village Historical Society and Cultural Center

Charles E. Herdendorf, President

Andrew Minda, Vice President

Patricia Hoag, Secretary

Ricki Herdendorf, Treasurer

Jean Ackerman, Trustee

Matthew Bliss, Trustee

John Hoag, Trustee

Thomas Hoerrle, Trustee

Christine Huffman, Trustee

Matthew Kocsis, Trustee

Roy Kudrin, Trustee

Carol Minda, Trustee

Catherine Price-Gentile, Trustee

Barbara Sheets, Trustee

Meredith Williams, Trustee

2837 East River Road

Sheffield Village, Ohio 44054

(440) 537-0547   anmin36@aol.com

Catherine A. Price-Gentile — Trustee

5450 Colorado Avenue

Sheffield Village, Ohio 44054

(440) 320-4932

Barbara  & Leo Sheets — Trustees

4342 East River Road

Sheffield Village, Ohio 44054

(440) 277-6825

Meredith WillamsTrustee

22445 Lake Road, Apt B207

Rocky River, Ohio 44116

(440) 333-5173

Nov 1, 2008