Gene Notes

Some random and some not-so-random thoughts on family history.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Bye Bye Library of Michigan

There are times that I am so glad I moved out of Michigan, that it isn't funny.  At this moment in time Michigan should be glad I moved out, especially the governor.

I know things are tough, but where the hell have they spent the money. Oh, we had to have a new Welcome center on I-75 south of Monroe, didn't we. Unfortunately, no one supervised the installation of the locks in the women's restroom, because they were all installed incorrectly. I did bring this to the attention of the governor after a stop there on the way back from Tennessee one year. None of the doors would shut securely. Small thing, but you can imagine they spent hundreds of thousands on that one rest stop. I wonder how much it cost to make that repair?

The state of Michigan and the City of Detroit and Pontiac have spent money on several sports venues. You certainly remember the Silverdome in Pontiac. That's been abandoned for the new and improved Ford Field in Detroit. Don't forget Comerica Park. After all our winning football and baseball teams have to have new fields so they can win Superbowls and World Series.  Oh wait, the Lions will win a superbowl when hell freezes over. But so what the taxpayer can front the money. What a joke.

Now, the Michigan department of History, Arts and Libraries is being dismantled. The genealogy collection is about to be a thing of the past.  We don't need libraries do we? After all we are all going to grow up to be athletes.

So where the hell are the so-called superstars of Detroit? Why aren't they upset that their state is losing one of its most important resources.  And if you play for one of the Detroit teams, you better take the city and state seriously. The taxpayers of Michigan have funded enough sports venues, it's time for the Sports teams to give back and give back big.

Copyright 2010, ACK for Gene Notes


  1. Spoken like a true wild one Anne! Nice job! I too wrote about this today but a wee bit different wording! YOU GO GIRL!

  2. Thanks.

    To see what cousins Karen and Carol have to say,
    check out their blogs under the Relatively Speaking tag, upper right!

  3. The Library of Michigan is not disappearing, just changing its focus. It is unfortunate, but to some necessary. They will retain the Michigan Collection, Michigan Docs and some other areas. What will be dispersed are Genealogy (and we are hoping the Archives of Michigan will absorb this collection), Federal Docs, Dewey Decimal collection and some say the Law Library.

    Dispersement of the collections will be up to the Michigan Innovation and Reinvention Center Board. Keep an eye out for meeting (which are open to the public) attend and express your opinion!!

  4. Great post! I just want to cry about what's happened in Michigan, I think tragic is the word that fits best when it comes to the state library and that whole debacle. I'm surprised the same sort of thing hasn't happened here in California (where the state is REALLY broke) but I fear it is only a matter of time. Its a sad state of affairs when people stop caring about their history, even for the sake of future generations. RIP Michigan genealogy, we hardly knew ya'!