A meeting of the Mountain Lakes Historic Preservation Committee was held on Nov 07, 2007 at the Mountain Lakes Borough Hall. In attendance were co-chairs Andy Bulfer & Peggy Bulfer, John Grossmann, Maria Iacullo-Bird, Bonnie Rosenthall, Chris Sheasby, and Pat Rusak. Absent was Borough Council Liaison Ellen Emr.
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Sheasby noted that expenses were $30 for historic photos and $158.80 to Erie Landmark for one plaque.
The Committee's original plan was to commission a professional author to write the book for a fixed fee. The book would be an attractive "coffee-table" book, 8½ by 11 with a mixture of text and historic photos in grayscale. The author's commission and the printing costs would be paid from sales of the book. The Borough may have to cover the up-front costs which would be reimbursed from sales later. In order to get started, Andy and Peggy Bulfer with help from John Grossmann developed an RFP for potential authors to submit proposals.
Maria Iacullo-Bird argued for a different approach. She felt it should be a more scholarly book with notes and references. As a Ph.D. in history, she believes she could write it based on the research she already has done for the award-winning Historic District Application -- she was the main author of the Statement of Significance and Historic Narrative sections. She felt there need be no conflict between a beautiful product, an interesting read, and an academically researched and documented book. If it is published by an academic press, it could have greater sales and be a significant contribution to the historical literature of New Jersey. She said she has long planned to write a book anyway and had expected to receive royalties from it. But if the Borough decides to commission a paid author, she wishes to be considered for the position.
The Committee agreed to consider her for the position and asked her to submit a formal response to the RFP. It also asked her to provide examples of the type of book she is proposing to reassure members that such a book could be both attractive and interesting as well as rigorous. She agreed to do so by mid-December. In the meantime, the Committee will solicit proposals from other local authors via the December Home and School Bulletin.
The open house will include an Arts and Crafts art show as well as local vendors of Arts and Crafts products such as rugs, lights, tile, furniture. The Craftsman Farms gift shop has already agreed to participate as has a large up-scale local home furnishings store. Tours of the building (which few in Mountain Lakes have seen) will be given, and visitors will have the opportunity to purchase house plaques, historic photos, and HPC merchandise such as shirts with the sign design. There was also discussion of some type of raffle.
The Committee was pleased and excited by Rosenthall's report. It was decided to advertise the Open House in the January and February Home and School Bulletins. It will be named "Arts and Crafts Design Open House" and branded as sponsored by the Historic Preservation Committee.
There may be several intermediate stops along the way to point out houses with architectural interest. The HPC has promised to lead a walking tour for the Town Club on April 9, 2008. If the weather is inclement, the event will be held in the Library with a slide show of the "stops" showing both old and current photos. Andy Bulfer was assigned to provide photos of the stops and develop a PowerPoint slide show.
The next meeting will be on Thurs, Dec 6, 2007 at 9:00 AM in Borough Hall.