Moniteau County Historical Society to enlarge Genealogy Library

The Moniteau County Historical Society announces a building plan to enlarge the Genealogy Library at the Cultural Heritage Center. The explanation of this effort will be presented at a public meeting on May 14 at the Cultural Heritage Center at 201 North High Street in California. The society welcomes all of its supporters and friends to enjoy coffee and pastries beginning at 10 a.m. until noon. Plans for the expansion of this well used library and research space will be followed by tours of the current genealogy library and the museum if desired.

Richard Schroeder, vice president of the society, says that this is principally a funding solicitation. Schroeder says that although this project will be costly the need is great. “For many years the society has struggled to keep up with the success and growing interest in researching local family histories in a very limited 20’ by 24’ facility.” He said that the Moniteau County Historical Society’s Genealogy Library “is considered by researchers to be one of the best with excellent resources. This brings people from across the country to the community and these people need space to study and record this information.”

“I guess we finally saw the ‘handwriting on the wall’ because the future doesn’t seem so bright for continuing to collect and make accessible to researchers our valued local histories with such limited space.”

“Several donations and pledges have already been received and this gives us confidence that the community will support this effort. I hope that our many friends and supporters will come to this meeting and seriously consider their gift to the future of recording the past.” The plan to recognize these donors will be explained at this meeting.

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