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Danforth Partner, Bryan Cave LLP One Metropolitan Square 211 North Broadway, Suite 3600 St. Louis, MO 63102-2750 Dear Senator Danforth: We, the undersigned, are writing to ask you to consider taking an assignment for a project of utmost importance to the St. Louis region. We do so because we have long respected and admired your more than three decades of public service. As a United States Senator, U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and a Special Counsel to the U.S. Attorney General, you have built a well-deserved reputation for honesty, skilled diplomacy, and impartial pursuit of the public good. Moreover, you and the Danforth Family also have been leading citizens of the St. Louis region for decades, spearheading numerous efforts to improve the quality of life for our citizens. Among those contributions, we note your role as chairman of the Danforth Foundation, which among other enormous contributions has helped revive downtown, develop a spectacular web of parks and trails across the region, and nurture the growth of the biosciences industry in our community. Today, we are facing a problem that requires someone with your experience and integrity and the public respect you command. You are, of course, aware of the Zoo Museum District (ZMD) and its unique capacity to fund our key cultural organizations, first passed in 1969 and amended in 1982 and again in 1987. In 1987, the Missouri History Museum entered the Subdistrict. Since then, the Museum — as contemplated in the law — has been operated under a contract between a public Subdistrict of the ZMD and the Trustees of the History Museum. That contract has remained unchanged since 1987. During that time the Missouri History Museum has flourished. The contract does not contain specific provisions as to the breadth of the oversight and governance responsibilities of the Subdistrict commissioners confirmed by the Mayor of the City of St. Louis and the County Executive of St. Louis County. In an era when increasing levels of transparency and accountability are expected by all citizens, we have asked the ZMD, the History Museum Subdistrict and the Museum to jointly revise and update the governance provisions of the contract to reflect the proper relationship between the public and private interests.