Letters to the Editor

Cuts would kill history

I currently work in the archives at the Island County Historical Museum in Coupeville. It has recently come to my attention that the county commissioners plan to cut the museum’s funding for the upcoming year by at least 60 percent. This budget cut would be absolutely devastating to the museum and may lead to its closure. The Island County Historical Museum and the archives housed within it are a crucial resource for the Whidbey Island community. The museum is the hub for information of the early pioneers and ancestors of Whidbey’s families, industries and business, geography and history of the land we all live on. Without this funding, projects such as the digitization and electronic cataloguing of the photo collection, which I am currently working on, will grind to a halt.

The museum needs the support of the community to continue to provide access to the wealth of information contained within its doors.

Thank you,

Alison Pate



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