What is Going on at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania?


They just let go 30% of their work force.  Here is a taste of Stephan Salisbury’s article at Philly.Com:

Citing operating deficits and a lack of financial stability, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania announced Monday that it would lay off about 30 percent of its staff, trim programming and services, and focus on its role as a library and archive.

In a statement, board chairman Bruce K. Fenton said the hope was that by eliminating jobs, the organization would buy time for “a period of financial recovery and careful planning for its future.”

The society, at 13th and Locust Streets, has been seeking to partner with an academic institution for about three years. Extensive talks with the University of Pennsylvania did not bear fruit, but over the last year and a half, the society has been discussing affiliation with Drexel University.

Read the rest here.

One thought on “What is Going on at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania?

  1. It would be sad if the Society had to close. I’m sure cutting staff will mean cutting services and there is no other place in southeast Pennsylvania to access the kinds of materials found at the Society, especially since the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania moved out of Center City and the National Archives also moved out, both to either northeast Philly or Bucks County.. However, if its collection was moved to Drexel, it would be more accessible.


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