I just finished reading Jane Birch's letter. She is right on target with her comments. The amount of time spent to organize this event dates back several months. I know, because I have been involved with the historical society and the operation of the Seneca County Museum.
I am a member of the historical society and also an assistant director of the Seneca County Museum. About a year ago, the Seneca County commissioners decided to sell the museum and all contents. This caused an uproar throughout the community. We ( docents and others) who want to see the museum stay open circulated petitions that were signed by citizens of Seneca County. We presented signatures of nearly 1,500 people to the board. In the end process, the Seneca County Historical Society was given operational control of the museum. Now, we need those people to come forward and help with the cost of operating the museum.
One item that must be known, all help at the museum is voluntary! We receive little or no help from the Seneca County Museum Foundation (now known as the Barnes/Dinzinger Seneca County Museum Foundation) to which their mission statement should be to provide and supplement the needs of the museum, (salaries, if any; utility help, and repairs if needed) without going through a six-month waiting period or lengthy request process. As for the name change of the foundation, what is the difference?