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Subject: Re: [CORNISH] Library of Michigan possibly closing and Genealogicalcollection dispersed
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2009 02:06:39 -0700 (PDT)
Carolyn - This is terrible...what a disheartening mail to read! I know the economy is bad, but I didn't think it was that bad! As we all know, the education of our children in the school system is very important. And as far as I'm concerned, the education of their heritage is just as important. My 2 daughters, at a very young age, got an education when we would go cemetary-hopping (as I call it), by helping me read the gravestones (SPELLING). When I go to libraries, they help me with research, and find the stories in the various books very interesting, of the immigrants and their struggles (HISTORY). And yes, they have subtracted the birthyear of their Cornish ggg-grandfather John Harry in 1816 from his deathyear of 1897, to see how old he was when he died (MATH). They have looked at maps of Cornwall to see where their ggg-grandparents were born, married...etc...my youngest is a descendant of Hannah Dustin of Haverhill, Mass. and has traced the
route that the Indians took when they kidnapped her (GEOGRAPHY). They have read about all the diseases that our ancestors used to have to deal with & have read about the cures for them (HEALTH & SCIENCE). They have wanted to know why Prussia (from another family line) doesn't exist anymore (POLITICS). I could go on & on, but my point is, that there is a wealth of information and education, for young and old, when doing genealogy research. I wonder if Gov. Granholm would like an official in Canada, to break-up and disperse all of her information re: her Canadian heritage!
--- On Tue, 7/14/09, Carolyn Haines <> wrote:
From: Carolyn Haines <>
Subject: [CORNISH] Library of Michigan possibly closing and Genealogical collection dispersed
To: , ,
Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 6:26 PM
Hi all, this is very important to read and consider. We need phone calls and
or hand written letters to your legislature people and to Governor Jennifer
Granholm to tell them the importance of not closing the Library of Michigan
and possibly breaking up our 180 year collection of genealogical data. The
collection together is worth about 20 -30 Million dollars but broken up not
worth much of anything. The Council wants to get the word out and also to
find local (not Lansing - they don't want it) libraries that have some
genealogy already that would like to take some of the collection if need be.
The library will be under the Dept of Education so we need ideas on why the
collection would be important to educate students - such as geography,
history, math (subtracting birth date from death date) etc. in the schools.
And also, ways to get the general public aware of what is happening. Jackson
papers have not carried any information that we know of about all of this
which has been going on for at least a year.
Those of you who have had ancestors migrate to Michigan have a vested
interest in this collection of data whether you wish to use it or not -
others in your family may want to in the future.
If you are interested you can view the Executive Order from yesterday at
www.mimgc.org <http://www.mimgc.org/> . The pertinent pages are listed on
the website as well as a link to the document.
If you wish to email me something I will forward them on in hard copy to the
We cannot believe that a Governor would want to literally throw away all of
this information on the history, people and making of Michigan.
Thank you all for your help.
Holt, Michigan 48842-9401
2nd VP, Cornish American Historical Society
Trustee, Board of Michigan Genealogical Council
Secretary, Cornish Connection of Lower Michigan
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