Minnesota's historical societies are feeling the funding pinch

  • Article by: JIM ADAMS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 26, 2012 - 9:41 PM

Funding is down, leading a number of cities and counties to reduce hours and staffing.

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dmtrustFeb. 27, 12 7:32 AM

Not to be mean... But why don't they start consolidating some of the administration roles? Do you really need that many paid executive directors for such small organizations. I bet one well qualified director could lead half dozen organizations without much trouble.

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conspectusFeb. 27, 1210:59 AM

Each organization has its unique role and town history. The Minnesota Historical Society already controls many of the sites, and every time their is a budget crisis sites get closed (permanent or temporary. These organizations are grassroots run and deeply connected roots within their communities. Last thing they need is a bureaucratic administrator taking control. You would lose the community ties and buy-in that supports these organization. It is no longer their own- its some administrative head's. Most of the societies are run by dedicated volunteers who have intimate knowledge of their communities and their history. Some of these executive directors make $18,000-$25,000 a year with no benefits. It is passion that drives them. The bigger issues is regarding their board of directors and their role in fundraising and community involvement. Another issue, you can have a great curator, but it does not necessarily mean that person has the knowledge to manage finances and fundraising.

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