The following is an e-mail that I received from Holly T. Hansen of My Ancestors. Holly has kindly given me permission to republish it here:
As you know, Logan City received, through donation, the resources of the Everton Library (approximately 80,000 books, periodicals, etc). There IS a room available in the new City building and funds available in Logan Library's budget to prepare the room to house the collection and make it available to the public. However, there is some concern among city council members whether the public will really use the collection if it is made available. We need to thank them for acquiring this priceless genealogical research collection and making it available as soon as possible.
The council does not understand how genealogists will use this collection; they don't believe that anyone would come from out of state. So they are content to leave the bulk of it in storage. We need to let them know that genealogists plan their vacations around great research repositories such as this. I'm sure many of you are anxious and willing to participate in conferences being planned around this enormous collection.
To let them know that you, as a genealogist, NEED this collection and would use it if it were available to the public, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or send a letter to Mayor Doug Thompson 255 North Main St., Logan, Utah 84321 before January 31, 2005.
Thank you for taking time to let others know about this situation. Please pass the word.
Holly T. Hansen