The Michigan Genealogical Council today sent a strong message to the governor. Nearly 400 people gathered at the state Capitol to protest a proposal by Gov. Jennifer Granholm to break up the genealogical collections at the Michigan Historical Center.
After several speakers spoke of the need to preserve the collection in one central location, people gathered for the rally began to march a few blocks to the center and library.
We're primarily worried about them closing the current Michigan Historical Center and moving the library collection to MSU" said Tom Koselka of The Michigan Genealogical Council.
In a strong sign of opposition, the Michigan Genealogical Council and supporters created a human barrier around the entire Michigan Historical Center, which they say will limit library access if moved.
"If the collection is dispersed, in some cases you might have to go to Grand Valley state to get some," Koselka said
There is no word whether or not Governor Jennifer Granholm was aware of the protest. However, it was well covered by the news media.