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Historical, genealogical groups consider merger

Decision could be known in October

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – The Lee County Historical Society and the Lee County Genealogical Society are considering a merger.

The Historical Society is scheduled to move its Stella Grobe Research Center to 113 S. Hennepin Ave., next to the Lee County Genealogical Society, by Sept. 1, according to a post by Patrick Gorman on the website of the Genealogical Society.

Gorman, who is the president of both groups, on Monday declined to comment on the proposed merger. He said ballots would be mailed soon to members, who will have 45 days to mail in their votes.

An informational meeting about the merger was scheduled for Monday night.

Gorman addressed the proposed merger in his post by saying:

“The objectives of this move are twofold: First, one of good business sense, to give each society better access to the resources of the other – rather than competing against each other, we will be more able to work with each other.

“And second, to facilitate a potential merger of the two organizations into a single new organization, thus ensuring the survival of both.”

According to Gorman’s post, an advisory committee made up of members from both groups met during the first few months of this year and, in March, concluded that the boards of both groups should begin taking steps toward the merger.

The advisory committee’s report, which is also posted on the website of the Genealogical Society, said the merger “represents the best possible outcome” for both groups.

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