Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Arizona Historical Society assumes science education role
Having failed at its assigned mission of history preservation and education, as evidenced by the Marley Center Museum, the AHS is attempting to redefine itself in peculiar ways. It is trying to resuscitate its 5C Arizona Centennial Museum failure by redefining it as a museum of the future, and is now promoting the new 5Cs of Arizona’s future. It has also renamed it the Arizona Experience Museum, finally acknowledging the fact that it will never be open for Arizona’s centennial.
Even more strange is the AHS self-image as a science education resource. A new website has appeared called Arizona Mineral Education (http://www.azmineraleducation.org/). The introduction states:
Arizona minerals are the backbone of the Arizona Experience. Arizona Mineral Education provides links to mineral museums, photo galleries, and education outreach programs. It is a resource for educators, students, and the Arizona public (italics added).
Most incredibly, it promotes the nonexistent Arizona Experience Museum as a mineral education resource by placing it in the following list of “Prominent Resources”:
American Geological Institute
Arizona Experience Museum (italics added)
Cochise Community College Arizona Mineral & Geology
Digital Library Earth Science Education - DLESE
University of Arizona Mineral Museum
How does the AHS plan to ever justify that self-exalted status with only the little 500 square foot mineral display their contractor has planned for the Arizona Experience Museum?
The Arizona Legislature needs to review what is happening here. If they approve, then they need to revise the Arizona Statutes to redefine the AHS mission. If they do not, then they need to cease funding unauthorized activities.