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Dear New England Historic and Genealogical Society,

I am unable to determine whether you don't like non-members asking for information, are desperately in need of funds, or assume that everyone working on their genealogy is rich.

When I asked about whether I would be allowed to enter your hallowed halls* in order to do research, and was informed there was a $15.00 charge per day, that seemed a little high, but not outrageous. After all, your headquarters is located on the most expensive street in Boston, and the rent is obviously going to be high.

However, when I asked for the price of ordering a photocopy of an article, and was told it was $35.00 because I was not a member, $0.35 per page and $1.50 for shipping, that seemed a lot high.

Fortunately, I found the information I needed at a public library, where an incredibly nice man showed me how to find what I need. I got my photocopy for a total of $1.00. He mentioned that he was one of your members, so I'm willing to believe that most of your membership is composed of very nice people, and the people who make decisions are the ones who don't want me around.

Next time I'll know not to bother you.


*No, of course I didn't use "hallowed halls" in my email.
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