Monday, October 24, 2011
Historical Society Hypocrisy
In the center of the Arizona Historical Society’s website (http://www.arizonahistoricalsociety.org/) there is currently a link to Arizona Mineral Education (http://www.azmineraleducation.org). That site claims the historical societies new but thus far nonexistent Arizona Experience Museum is a “prominent resource” for mineral education.
On May 8, 2010, the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum had a grand opening for a new copper mine and plant diorama. The 29’ by 20’ HO scale display showed and explained the operation of a modern copper mine, including the extraction of copper from ore and the processing of copper into wire. The impressive, interactive exhibit was made possible by a $60,000 private grant to the popular and rapidly improving mineral museum and was designed and constructed by Sustainable Engineering, LLC.
Later in 2010, the AHS executed a hostile, political takeover of the mineral museum because they wanted the building for their new museum. In 2011, they fired the self-supporting staff and volunteers, terminated the education programs, and closed the mineral museum.
What did they do with the new $60,000 interactive copper mine diorama?
They refused to allow it to remain in the building.
Exactly what kind of exhibits does the AHS consider appropriate for a “prominent resource” in mineral education?