Minnesota Historical Society to Cut Staff & Hours

According to reports, nearly half the Minnesota Historical Society staff might be laid off or see their hours mnhistoricalsocietycut this summer. State funding cuts of about $2.8 million in each of the next two years – along with what will most likely be a 2 million dollar per year drop in charitable giving, book sales and admissions revenue will motivate the cuts.

The following lay-off and cutback numbers could very well be what will happen, and it isn’t good for genealogy and local history.

• Forty site managers, curators and other full-time employees may join 54 part-timers possibly losing their jobs on July 1.

• An additional 223 employees may have their hours reduced, meaning 46 percent of the 683-member staff – 317 people – will be affected as the budget goes down 16 percent in the next two years.

• Three of the state’s 26 historic sites – Forestville near Preston, the North West Company Fur Post in Pine City and the Charles Lindbergh house in Little Falls – will close at the end of June, while Fort Snelling would be open five days a week instead of seven.

Note that this isn’t totally decided, but as of today, it’s not looking good.

Read more about it in the Minneapolis St. Paul Star Tribune.

Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (www.FamilyRootsPublishing.com), writes daily at GenealogyBlog.com, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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