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March 8, 2014

How to finance history?

TRAVERSE CITY — Talks continue between a host of local nonprofit officials who could overlap their organizations for history’s sake.

Officials from the History Center of Traverse City met with Artcenter Traverse City and the National Cherry Festival officials Friday afternoon to discuss potential partnerships that could ease the history center’s persistent financial woes.

The historical organization faces eviction from its home, the city-owned, 110-year-old Carnegie Library building on Sixth Street, if it can’t show financial viability.

Rotary Charities of Traverse City officials helped facilitate Friday’s meeting, which Rotary Charities Executive Director Marsha Smith described as “very exploratory.”

Artcenter officials in January said their organization is interested in space for performance arts, galleries and classrooms.

Cherry Festival officials entertained on-and-off talks the last six years about leasing office space in the Carnegie building, but Trevor Tkach, the festival’s executive director, said that idea now appears to be unrealistic.

“The festival staff has grown, and it didn’t seem like a natural fit to turn any of that building into an office space,” he said.

Tkach said festival officials want to explore helping the history center in other ways, including management, human resources and promotion services.

Officials from all four groups said there was no deal or partnerships in place as of Friday.

 

 

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