Friday, December 17, 2010

Who’s on first? (in the Arizona Centennial Commission)

Yesterday, December 16, the Arizona Centennial Commission hosted an “Informational Summit”. The event was held at the Arizona Historical Museum at Papago Park in Tempe. Attendance was by invitation only.

Attendees were told that Gallagher and Associates is the designer for the Centennial Museum, and that the museum will open in November of 2012.

The opening date of November 2012 is consistent with the information posted yesterday from the Prescott City Council meeting. That permits ample time for repairing and installing used displays from three prior events.

The information about the designer is not. The grapevine says that Gallagher and Associates has been replaced with a designer from Tucson. The Prescott presentation named Entertainment Solutions, Inc, of Scottsdale, AZ.

So, there are many, many unanswered questions about the 5C Arizona Centennial Museum, and the list just keeps getting longer and longer. A few key examples are:

  • Why will it be called a centennial museum if it will not open until 10 months after the centennial?
  • Who is designing the displays?
  • Where is the money coming from?
  • Who is directing the planning of the “centennial” museum?
  • Why has the Board of Governors for the 5C Arizona Centennial Museum (established by HB 2251) never met?
  • Do the people that are involved (if any) have the authority to do so under the governing laws (HB 2251)?
  • Why has there never been any public presentation or meeting concerning the 5C Arizona Centennial Museum?
  • Will centennial museum planners preserve a separate Arizona mining and Mineral Museum, as prescribed by HB 2251?
  • Who’s on first?


  1. Who is the exhibit designer from Tucson?? What company? There are no exhibits firms that big anywhere near Tucson. Is there a contract? If private money is used (remember that private money is the same as state money!)Contracts must be used!All private monies are treated the same as government monies!!!! No matter what their source.

  2. The name (designer from Tucson) is the name of an individual consultant, not a company. The name has not yet been verified.

  3. Is there a way I an contact you? Not through this blogsite.

  4. Ask remaining mineral museum volunteers for my phone number or email address. Dick Zimmermann

  5. Or use the temporary email address

  6. Everything you write here concerning Woosley not telling her board what is going on and then falling apart like it is could easily lead to the board firing her. The only people who can is the board. When it gets to the point that the AHS board of directors start looking like fools they will act.

  7. Please note that nothing on this blog makes any unsupported accusation about what Woosley did or did not say or do. Statements about her working with the governor behind the boards back are based on her own words as they are recorded in AHS board minutes.

  8. Whoever that designer is from Tucson is, they better be good??!! We will all be curious who it is. It will be easy to find out if they are a quality designer the moment we hear who it is.

  9. The best designer can't do much with a bad idea.