COLUMBIA — The State Historical Society of Missouri announced Monday that it planned to lay off 10 employees.
While demonstrating the collections available in the society's new online database during a news conference, society Executive Director Gary Kremer said a state budget cuts forced the layoffs. The loss of staff is happening even as the society takes over management of the Western Historical Manuscript Collection.
In November, the University of Missouri System transferred full management responsibility for the manuscript collection to the society. Still, funding for the society has decreased over the past year. There was a 25 percent cut in state funding for the Historical Society during fiscal 2010, which led to previous layoffs, as reported previously by the Missourian. The society also has had to cut back on its hours occasionally.
In addition to laying off 10 staff members, two vacant positions for the society will remain unfilled, according to Kremer.
The society will be closed until Jan. 18 so that its staff can consolidate its materials with those of the Western Historical Manuscripts.
Despite the cuts, society President Stephen Limbaugh Jr. said the organization would be "aggressive in seeking grants."
Kremer said it the society will strive to provide the same quality of service.