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  • Ray Hobbs
    List: After the great week-end we had at Fort Meigs last month, it is tragic to see such news as this. Please read, and, if you live on the US side of the
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 2, 2009
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      List:
      After the great week-end we had at Fort Meigs last month, it is tragic
      to see such news as this.
      Please read, and, if you live on the US side of the border, respond
      accordingly.
      Yrs etc.
      Ray Hobbs
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      > From: "Rick Finch" <finch@...>
      > Date: June 2, 2009 12:48:39 PM EST
      > To: <Undisclosed-Recipient:;>
      > Subject: Please help us save Fort Meigs
      >
      > Hello Everyone,
      > Your help is urgently needed to tell your State senators and
      > representatives how important Fort Meigs, the Ohio Historical Society,
      > and our state's history is to you. The proposed budget for next fiscal
      > year (which starts July 1, 2009) will cut an additional 26% from the
      > budget that goes to OHS historic sites. This may force many sites to
      > close their doors come July 1st. Your help is needed now. Please read
      > the information below and consider calling, emailing or visiting with
      > your legislators this week to express your desire to fund our state's
      > history. To learn how to contact your legislators, visit
      > http://capwiz.com/ohiohistory/home/%c2%a0Next week is too late, so please
      > TAKE ACTION NOW!
      >  
      > Fort Meigs is in the district of State Senator Mark Wagoner and
      > Representative Randy Gardner. Here is there contact information:
      > Senator Mark Wagoner
      > Senate Building
      > Room #129, First Floor
      > Columbus, Ohio 43215
      > Telephone: 614/466-8060
      > Email: SD02@...
      >  
      > Address:
      > Representative Randy Gardner
      > 77 S. High St
      > 10th Floor
      > Columbus, OH 43215-6111
      > Phone: (614) 466-8104
      > Fax: (614) 719-0006
      > Email: district06@...
      >
      > Please call or email your legislators today. If you are asked to leave
      > a message please state: "I am calling today to ask you to restore
      > $703,000 (line 509) for the Ohio Historical Society’s Outreach
      > Services and $750,000 for the state's historic sites (line 502 in the
      > Ohio Historical Society’s state budget).
      >
      >  
      >  
      > Below is further information on the budget situation:
      >
      > Situation
      > The Senate version of the Fiscal Year 2010-11 state budget proposes
      > significant cuts to the OHS Historic Sites and Museums, Outreach and
      > Partnerships and State Historical Grants funding.
      >  
      > The Ohio Senate slashed funding to the Ohio Historical Society,
      > following years of state disinvestment in history and preservation.
      > The Senate changes cut funding for the Society from $13.8 million two
      > years ago to $10 million for Fiscal Year 2010─a 26-percent decrease.
      > This represents the lowest allocation of state funding for the Society
      > since FY 1994.
      >  
      > Impact
      > The cuts from the Society’s budget will:
      >  
      > ▪ Eliminate $750,000 funding for the 58 historical sites under the
      > care of OHS and its local site managers
      > ▪ Eliminate teacher training and educational programs that leverage
      > federal funding
      > ▪ Reduce assistance to local historical societies and remove much of
      > the staff support needed to administer the grants program that would
      > be funded by the new history tax check off program
      > ▪ Eliminate National History Day in Ohio─this national program
      > originated in Ohio
      > ▪ Eliminate ability to coordinate Civil War Sesquicentennial
      > activities throughout Ohio
      > ▪ Severely restrict OHS services beyond those in central Ohio and
      > where we have OHS sites
      > ▪ Reduce assistance to local historical societies and remove much of
      > the staff support needed to administer the grants program that would
      > be funded by the new history tax check-off program
      > ▪ Reduce the ability to generate nonstate revenues (i.e., federal
      > grants, private revenue)
      > ▪ Reduce our ability to recruit local organizations to manage sites
      > ▪ Reduce assistance and resources to sites management organizations
      > ▪ Decrease marketing funds for sites
      > ▪ Reduce access to sites
      >  
      > What you can do?
      > These funding cuts can be restored, but only with your help. Contact
      > your state senator and representative today to tell them to restore
      > $703,000 (line 509) for the Society’s Outreach Services and $750,000
      > for the state’s historic sites (line 502 in the Society’s state
      > budget).
      >  
      > Next week is too late, so please TAKE ACTION NOW! An e-mail or letter
      > is good, a phone call is better. A personal visit is best. To learn
      > how to contact your legislators, visit
      > http://capwiz.com/ohiohistory/home/.
      >  

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