Up to a few years ago the city funded some of the expenses, if I remember correctly they kicked in about $50,000 a year. Then the crunch came and the commission decided not to fund things like the society and Founders’ Day and the kids’ football. Without city funding it didn’t take long for the Historical Society to run out of money.
This is an embarrassment to a city in which so many well-to-do people live. Everyone in Deerfield Beach benefits from having a place to go for information on the past. We have thousands of residents who can afford a yearly membership of $40. The society should have thousands of members. They might even find out that they like the monthly programs.
How many members of the Rotary, or Kiwanis or the Chamber of Commerce are members, it should be ALL.
I am sure no one hesitates, when their student needs a source for a school paper, to go to the Butler house and enlist Carolyn Morris’s help finding pictures and information, free help for an A+ paper. Do those parents join the society? Do they give a donation? Do they care that Carolyn, an excellent historian, has lost her job? Do they appreciate that she is now an unpaid volunteer? (I might be tempted to tell an ungrateful city to go shove it, but Carolyn is a nicer person than I.)
We have thousands of residents who can afford $30 for a dinner and an interesting program for a society fundraiser; I wonder how many will be there tomorrow evening.
Why haven’t the Observer and the Forum and the Sun Sentinel run outraged editorials about the lack of support from the residents and the city commission for the history of their city?
Does anyone give a damn?