Thursday, March 19, 2009
Fort Pitt Museum May Close
Officials with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission have announced that because of proposed budget cuts, six historical sites may be forced to close down. Included are the Fort Pitt Museum in Pittsburgh and Bushy Run Battlefield in Westmoreland County. Proposed budget cuts by Governor Rendell would take away 20% of the commission's funding. Alternative funding ideas are being proposed, and possible reductions in staff and operational hours are being examined. The commission plans to hold a series of public hearings in an attempt to find a way to save the historical sites, but no dates have been announced.