Laura L. Lott,
Are the Trustees of the Berkshire Museum truly living up to their responsibilities as trustees have at other museums? We say no. There are numerous examples of museums, which in the face of similar issues, rose to the occasion and decided — with trustees, staff, and community members all working together — that their collections were worth protecting. Solutions other than the sale of works of art were found to solve the significant problems these institutions faced.
We offer these thoughts in hopes that, with encouragement from the local community, the Berkshire Museum will pause for further consideration. The cultural legacy of a community is too important to shortcut public discussion of the implications of this proposed sale and to ignore vital questions about the process.
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We stand ready to support this review and reiterate our offer to explore other solutions to the Berkshire Museum#8217;s challenges.