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# Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Help Save Library of Michigan Genealogy Collections
Posted by Diane

Michigan Genealogical Council (MGC) members stopped by our booth at FGS last week to share news about the Library of Michigan, which was dissolved July 13 by an executive order that goes into effect Oct. 1.

To save an estimated $2 million in the cash-strapped state, Gov. Jennifer Granholm assigned the library collections to the Department of Education and ordered the department’s director to cut expenses by considering measures such as eliminating participation in interlibrary loan.

MGC is circling an online petition in support of keeping the library’s Michigan collection intact, free and within state jurisdiction.

State senators have introduced bills to transfer all Department of History, Arts and Libraries functions to the Michigan Department of State, with separate funding from the state's general fund. MGC president Cynthia Grostick says the measures have passed the state senate, but fears they may languish in the house. See the council’s Web site for updates and information on how to help.


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Wednesday, September 09, 2009 10:02:07 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [2]
Thursday, September 10, 2009 10:20:32 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
This is a pathetic tragedy; to wipe out the proud heritage of the people of Michigan! What is next, governor? Aid to seniors and babies?
jim turner
Thursday, September 10, 2009 3:55:19 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Even if you are not from MI, please sign the Petition. We need the support of ALL Genealogists! If the Library of MI goes by the way, other states may follow suit with their libraries. Of course, the importance to us is the family records, but, there is 180 year's of the family heritage, history and arts of MI that are at stake also. At least, if the Govenor and lawmaker's of MI see the concerns of all genealogists, there may be a change of heart! As an aside, Govenor Gramholm is not a native of MI and possibly sees no benefit to keep the Library, other than to disburse all the holdings and renovate the building for another museum and a high school, thinking she is saving the state $2,000,000. It will cost just as much to do this, if not even more.
Teri Champine, AZ resident, Michigan family
Teri Champine
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