HOUSE BILL NO. 194
AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE DEACCESSION OF A SILVER TEA SERVICE FROM THE DELAWARE STATE MUSEUM TO PRISCILLA HARDESTY CLEAVER MERRIKEN (MRS. WILBERT L. MERRIKEN).
WHEREAS, in 1967-1968, Mrs. Wilbert L. Merriken, now of Denton, Maryland, then Priscilla Hardesty Cleaver, of Great Neck, New York, gave a Victorian silver-plated tea service that had belonged to her late grandmother, Mrs. William G. (Eugenia) Hardesty, to the Delaware State Museum; and
WHEREAS, Mrs. Merriken since has discovered a relative, then unknown, of Mrs. Hardesty's in Bridgeville, Delaware, who would like to have the tea service; and
WHEREAS, the State Museum does not have a policy permitting deaccession of gifts; and
WHEREAS, the State Museum has so stated in a letter to Mrs. Merriken while pointing out that there could be the possibility of a loan of the service if the relative agreed.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:
Section 1. The Director of the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs is authorized to negotiate with Priscilla Hardesty Cleaver Merriken (Mrs. Wilbert L. Merriken) for the temporary return of a loan basis of a silver tea service given to the Delaware State Museum by Mrs. Merriken.
Section 2. If the Director of the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs is unable to reach agreement on a loan of the silver tea service he is authorized to approve deaccession of the tea service from the Delaware State Museum to Mrs. Merriken.
Approved June 23, 1983