Oklahoma Historical Society looking for additional funding

Wednesday, October 22nd 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY, (AP) _ An emergency appropriation from the Legislature is the only way the Oklahoma Historical Society can avoid staff furloughs, closing museums or eliminating programs.

The society's budget was cut 18 percent and these are the only options left, OHS Executive Director Bob Blackburn told OHS Board of Directors.

The Board voted to implement up to eight days of furlough for all staff members beginning in February. Employees must take the days without pay before June 30, 2004.

``We have tried our best to make ends meet during difficult times,'' Blackburn said. ``But it regrettably looks like our only alternatives are a supplemental appropriation or a further reduction in services.''

If the Legislature doesn't give the society more money, it will have to reduce hours of operations at some facilities.

``If we cut back our allocation for part time help we will have to reduce hours at museums and close the Wiley Post Historical Building on Saturdays,'' Blackburn said. ``That will mean that working people will have access to the research collections and museum exhibits only on Monday nights.''