Posted at 11:39 PM on June 30, 2011
by Paul Tosto
The Minnesota Historical Society tonight said it was suspending operations at its museums, library and historic sites -- including Split Rock Lighthouse -- as of Friday because of the state government shutdown.
The society said it gets more than half its operating budget from the state.
It's another blow to Minnesotans who hoped to spend Fourth of July doing a tour of Split Rock on the North Shore or at Fort Snelling in the Twin Cities. It's all canceled. State parks will also be shuttered for the holiday because of the funding impasse.
"We are poised and ready to reopen our historic sites as soon as possible after a resolution is reached," Stephen Elliott, the society's director said in a prepared statement.
Click here to find a complete list of the group's sites.
The society said it will reopen all historic sites and museums as well as the library at the History Center and resume programming after the government shutdown ends and state funding is available again.