Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Difficult Year for Museums

The Wall Street Journal took a moment to look back at how the economic downturn affected the museum world during 2009.

Needless to say, it wasn't pretty.

The article focuses on art museums, but the staff layoffs, canceled programs and limited hours of the past year certainly devastated history museums and historic sites as well. Government agencies focused on history and museums suffered too. The city of Philadelphia threatened to close the Philadelphia Historical Commission, among other agencies, and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission laid off 85 staff.

Here's to hoping that 2010 brings better financial news for our historical and cultural institutions.

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