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13-09-09, 17:37
Hi from Syrene,
Please consider reading and signing the petition described below:

Within the genealogical community, the Library of Michigan has long been recognized as one of the premier state libraries in the country.
The cohesive Library of Michigan collection with over 180 years of Michigan history, literature and culture records and reflects the lives of not only those who remained to raise their families within the state but of millions more whose migration to other parts of the country left their footprints in the soil and records generated by their passage. Visitors come from all across the country to research at the Library of Michigan.
In addressing a $2 Billion deficit in the Michigan budget, Governor Jennifer M. Granholm issued an executive order in July which would abolish the Department of History, Arts and Libraries. As originally proposed, the collections of the Library of Michigan would be scattered and the building built and designed to house the state library would be renovated to house a new function.
In meetings held during the Federation of Genealogical Societies/ Arkansas Genealogical Society Annual Conference in Little Rock this past week, the Records Preservation and Access Committee representatives have initiated a petition drive in support of the Library of Michigan. This is the first time we have exercised this option since 2006, something of an indicator of the seriousness with which the genealogical community views this situation.
The RPAC petition became available for signature on Sunday, the 6th of September. We will close the petition drive on the 1st of October, the date the governorís order is scheduled to take effect. The earlier one signs, the greater the impact.
Although the prospects for reversing this action are remote, we would not want it to be said that a state library can be closed without its users caring (or for other governors to think it a politically expedient thing to do.)
Genealogists from within and without Michigan are encouraged to sign the online petition found at http://www.PetitionOnline.com/RPAC2009/petition.html. We then ask that you urge the members of every society of which you are a member to do likewise.
Additional background and the latest developments can be found at the web site of the Michigan Genealogical Council at: www.mimgc.org/LOM.html. They may also suggest legislators to whom individual letters might be addressed at appropriate points in the legislative process.

13-09-09, 21:46
Hi Syrene,
I signed the petition last night. I live in Michigan and frequent the Library of Michigan in Lansing often. It is about 3-4 hours from my house, depending on traffic, but it would be very disheartening if the state of Michigan closed it. Ancestral research in Michigan would suffer as the whole collection, which is extensive, would be scattered everywhere from what I understand. One experience I had with the scattering of genealogical material was this... At one point I visited the Library of Michigan to do research on the miners in the Upper Peninsula as my great grandfather was a miner, as well as many Finns, and found that collection had been moved to the library at Central Michigan University! That was frustrating as I had travelled all the way to Lansing and found I had to then drive hours to get to Mt. Pleasant and they were closed by the time I arrived! This would truly be a tragedy! :(

Best Regards, and please sign the petition fellow Finlanders :)

June Pelo
14-09-09, 01:02
I sent that to everyone in my address book...

14-09-09, 01:35
Thanks, Finlanders! All the responses have been positive. Just keep sending it onward :o)

Karen Norwillo
14-09-09, 15:39
Signed it yesterday. Karen