The Historical Society Board of Directors has called for a special meeting, Tuesday August 15, 2017. The meeting was called by Mike Doak, president of the Henryetta Historical Society. The purpose of the special meeting is to discuss the controversy that has been in the news concerning the mismanagement of the Henryetta Territorial Museum.
The following letter was sent out on July 28, 2017 by Thomas Hudson to each board member. The letter is the real reason leading up to removable of Hudson as the museum director. Today, board members claim that he was never the director. However, Mike Doak, president of the society and two other board members have referred to Hudson as the director. This tittle has been reported in the local newspaper by a board member.
Regardless of titles, Mr. Hudson had full control by the board to reorganize the museum until serious issues where undercovered.
July 28, 2017
Dear Board Member
Within the next week you will receive another email from me with recommendations for the board to act upon. The recommendations and the reasons for the recommendations will be controversial but must be considered.
There comes a time in our lives that one must examine the overall needs of the many over that of the one. In this case we must examine what is important for the survival of the Henryetta Territorial Museum; the museum over our own personal agenda?
I am giving you this advanced notice for you to consider the spirit that the recommendations will be offered and that of your own.
Regarding another issue that is very passionate to my heart is the Young Historians of Henryetta. Two of them, Emily Stockholm and Leia Howton was given a proclamation by the Mayor for the City of Henryetta proclaiming a separate day for each one in Henryetta. During the ceremony, the only board member present was Ashley Woltsoncroft. I was shocked that the Board of Directors for the Henryetta Historical Society did not show any support for these young people who have given a great amount of volunteer time, recourses and talented for the betterment of the museum. I am not only shocked that grownups have to ignore the young people because of some stupid personal agenda, but I am hurt for the sake of these young people. This is conduct unbecoming of citizens that are engaged in the leadership of a community institution.
If we are going to save this museum changes must be made.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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