There was a called meeting of the Fort Smith Historical Society at 3 p.m., Jan. 27, 2005, at the Yoes Plaza Building. A quorum was present. The purpose of the meeting was to vote on moving the Historical Society office to the Fort Smith Museum of History, or keeping it at the Yoes Plaza Building.

Jack Arnold, president,called the meeting to order. He read a letter from Chuck Raney, listing the reasons he favors keeping the office in the Yoes Plaza Building, and the reasons he is against moving to the museum. Also, he sent his proxy vote.

Jack asked for discussion from the board members. There were questions and comments from several members on the advantages and disadvantages of both sites. Then Jack passed out paper ballots, with "Y" and "M" on them, and asked board members to circle one, fold them, and hand them back. The ballots were counted, and there were 2 votes for the Yoes Plaza Building, and 9 votes for the Museum.

Joe Wasson asked for a vote on which printer we should use for the next journal, because we need to get it to a printer soon. For 650 journals, Consolidated Printers quoted $3,627.50, Jiffy Print was $$2,415.35, and Midwest Printers was $2,113.00. A motion was made, seconded, and passed unanimously to use Midwest Printers.

Jack mentioned that West End Lofts had asked for names and addresses of board members. We will be receiving invitations to lunch with them soon.

Billy Higgins mentioned Heritage Day. Jim McPherson will speak about the Civil War at 7 p.m. at the UAFS Campus Center on Wednesday, Feb. 23. The Drum and Bugle Corps from West Point will appear on the campus green at 2:30 p.m.

Jerry Akins mentioned the "Night Court" at the Fort Smith National Historic Site on Feb. 25 and 26. It will be a mock murder trial of Deputy Marshal Sheppard Busby. Seats are filled, and they are making a waiting list in case of cancellations.

The meeting was adjourned by the President.

Chloe Lamon, Recording Secretary