From The Salem News:
Ask museum leaders [Peabody Essex Museum] what they want, however, and they say exactly the same thing the advocates are saying: to “save the Phillips Library.”
The two sides have very different ideas, however, over how to save the library and its 400,000 historical documents, manuscripts, books and ledgers.
Museum officials shocked the region in early December when they announced, at a meeting of the Historic Commission to discuss renovations to the former Phillips Library buildings, that the library itself wouldn’t be returning there. Instead, the building would be used for staff offices with minimal, if any, public access, and the library’s collections would be moved, along with other museum artifacts, to a new collection center in Rowley.
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