The Sweet Home Genealogical Society was organized on December 2, 1975. There were 22 Charter Members of the organization. Dues were set at $1.00 per year. The meetings were held in the Sweet Home Library Reading Room from 1975 until 1999 when we moved into our new building.
In the beginning, meetings were held on the 2nd Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. and the 4th Saturday at 7:00 p.m. of each month. For the past several years we have held our meetings on the 3rd Saturday of each month, except July and August.
Our first ‘library’ was a locked cupboard in the back room of the City Library. Our first book purchased by the Society was “Compendium of Historical Sources”, by Ronald A. Bremer. Our other books were members’ books that were shared.
About 1983 we were given a closet in the reading room of the Library to house our books. We used a metal cabinet, which had formerly held patterns in a fabric store, for the collection of microfilms and microfiche, until a beautiful cabinet was built by the late Richard Lillich, with wood purchased from a memorial fund.
We held the first of our annual workshops in March 1981 and each year they have gotten bigger and better. The first was one day, but since then have been held on Friday and Saturday, the third weekend in March.
On July 5, 1996 our Society received recognition as a “Non-Profit” organization. Many months of work had gone into the paperwork to make this happen.
On September 11, 1997, member Jerry Mealey passed away, leaving her estate to the Society to buy or build a suitable building for a library. With this gift the beautiful new Mealey Building, which houses our library and meeting room, was completed in September of 1999. An Open House was held for our Grand Opening on November 13, 1999.
Without the generous donations of time, money, energy, items needed and lots of love, the library would not be available for everyone to use and enjoy.