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  • Historic Palmyra proposes return of all items not returned in 1976 by the Palmyra Library

  • The battle lines appear to be drawn over the ownership of the books and papers, including a first edition and third edition of the Book of Mormon, presently in possession of the Palmyra Community Library.

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  • The battle lines appear to be drawn over the ownership of the books and papers, including a first edition and a third edition of the Book of Mormon, presently in possession of the Palmyra Community Library.
    Historic Palmyra made a proposal at the monthly Palmyra Community Library Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday night, for return of all the Historic Palmyra books and papers, currently in possession of the library, that were not return in 1976.
    At February’s meeting, Bonnie Hays of Historic Palmyra suggested possible duo ownership, with a written pledge by the library never to sell books and papers donated by the Palmyra Historical Society, now Historic Palmyra, to the Kings Daughters Free Library, now the Palmyra Community Library, as that would break the original intention of the donation for posterity.
    Thursday night Historic Palmyra requested the return of all books and papers that were not returned in 1976.
    The proposal read: “Historic Palmyra will assist the Palmyra Community Library in realizing their written Selection Policy and mission statement as well as the Board of Trustees unanimously approved Resolution of October 15th, 2009 by accepting the return of all the book and paper in the history collection logged in the Historic Society collection book 1936-1965 and 1952 museum inventory which were not returned to Historic Palmyra in 1976.”
    The proposal then went on to justify the request stating that “Historic Palmyra saves history for generations and our mission statement is to save historic artifacts, archives, and books.”
    Quoting from the Library’s Selection Policy Purpose and Scope - Page 14 - “The library seeks to provide popular material reflecting diverse points of view to satisfy the informational and recreational needs and interests of the community. The library will not attempt to collect scholarly material, rare books, or manuscripts.”
    At the February Board meeting, Anita Peletier, an attorney the Board retained, stated that the books and papers were determined to be property of the Library.
    The concern for Historic Palmyra was that the Library might sell the two Books of Mormon, which, in their view, violated the nature in which the Historic Society (now Historic Palmyra) originally gave the books and papers so that future generations could see the historic and rare items.
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