New York Genealogical and Biographical Society: Sale of its building will force out historical societies

Historians in the News

There are strange developments at the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. Its Board of Directors has approved the sale of its building at 122 E. 58th Street in Manhattan. The sale would also force its tenants -- the Holland Society of America, the Huguenot Society of America, the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of New York, and others -- to find space elsewhere. Rather than submit the proposed sale to the membership for a vote, the Board persuaded a general meeting of the membership to alter its by-laws to make members of the Board the only voting members of the NYG&BS (thus fulfilling the promise of its acronym). Unless they are trustees, even life-members are no longer voting members of the N**&*S. Still, it is accepting $60 per year for annual memberships and $7500 for corporate life memberships.
Read entire article at Ralph Luker at HNN blog, Cliopatria

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