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Maryland Historical Society Cuts Six Staff

February 20, 2009

The Maryland Historical Society laid off six of its 48 staff members on Wednesday, including an archivist, a director of collections, an assistant curator, a security guard, and part-time librarian, according to one former employee.

Supposedly, it’s another victim of the crap economy. A call to the director, Robert Rogers, was not immediately returned.

Founded in 1844, the Historical Society–which operates a museum and library at the corner of Park Avenue and Monument Street–is a key repository of irreplaceable historical artifacts and records. According to the Society’s web site, “The library’s collections include 60,000 books, 800,000 photographs, 5 million manuscripts, 6,500 prints and broadsides, 1 million pieces of printed ephemera, extensive genealogy indexes, and more, reflecting the history of Maryland and its people.”

Here’s hoping these cuts will be the last for a long time.

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