Jason started the meeting at Sunset Grill at 7:30 a.m., the second of our experimental morning meetings.  Nils led the invocation. NOTE: The next experiment in morning meetings will be August 16 at the Mounds View Community Center at 7:30 a.m. when Nyle opens the doors.
Joyce Klonz and Mary Burg were guests and spoke on the New Brighton Area Historical Society, its history, accomplishments and activities. Joyce is curator of the New Brighton History Center and, together with Julie Beisswenger, Gene Skiba and Leone Erickson, founded NBAHS in 1979. Joyce taught 5th grade at the old New Brighton Elementary School, and was named Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Mary is an NBAHS Board member and former New Brighton City Council member. They were animated and excited about preserving and sharing local history!
The History Center is housed in the former railroad depot that served Bulwar Junction. Built in 1887 for $1,545, it is the oldest building in New Brighton and houses over a thousand items of railroad memorabilia, including china, silver, tools, pictures, books and uniforms worn by the red caps among other things. The Depot was moved from its original site to City property in 1982 and to its present location at the entrance to Long Lake Park in 1990. The museum is open from 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays June through September. Special tours are always available by reservation. There is no charge. 
NBAHS started Stock Yard Days and continued to manage it until 1993 when they turned it over to service organizations, including Rotary, and the City. They have published three volumes of New Brighton area History. All are available for sale at the Depot. They are trying to obtain designation as a federal historic site. We gave them a donation in support of their work.  President Jason Miller is shown below with Joyce and Mary.
John J. passed a sign-up sheet for volunteering at the SYD parade feed Saturday.
We had a brief discussion regarding the possible choice of The Sunset Grill as a Club morning meeting place.
Another reminder:  Next week’s meeting will be at 7:30 a.m. at the Mounds View Community Center.