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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY RETURNS TO 6-DAY WEEK

From their press release:

The State Historical Society of Missouri announced today (2 February 2010) that the Society’s Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to return the organization to its normal hours of operation, 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. This new schedule is effective Friday, February 5, 2010. The Society has been closed on Fridays and Saturdays since November 1, due to a 25% reduction in its FY 2010 state appropriation that occurred in late October 2009.

The State Historical Society is able to return to a six-day week due to the more than $90,000 in private funds which has been raised to support its public purpose. This amount is enough to supplement the Society’s state appropriation for at least four months. In making this announcement, Executive Director Gary Kremer emphasized that the Society’s governing board understands that money raised thus far represents less than one-third the amount needed to restore the Society to the level of activity it was engaged in prior to the budget cut. The fund-raising effort will need to continue if the Society is to remain open six days a week.

Kremer further emphasized that the announcement that the Society will return to its normal hours of operation does not mean all Society programs have been restored. For example, there are still no funds for the Society’s popular Missouri History Speakers’ Bureau, and its newspaper microfilming project will be only partially funded. Likewise, there are no funds to restore the four full-time positions eliminated over the past year.

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