Thursday, August 9, 2012

Arizona centennial mess

The July 16th post described how Arizona centennial planners distributed misinformation shortly before the centennial year. Now, a year later, they will not answer questions about the “centerpiece” of the centennial celebration.  Their silence is effectively perpetuating the Arizona Experience Museum hoax.

As recently as July 23 of this year, the following appeared on the internet:

….. After seeing all of the other Phoenix/Arizona history museums close unexpectedly. Phoenix history is getting harder and harder to find. You really have to work for it now; it is being developed, incorporated, replaced and erased. The massive Arizona Mining Museum near the state capitol has been closed since May of 2011, with plans to reopen in November 2012 as the “Arizona Experience Museum.” The proposed new attraction is slated to celebrate the “5 C’s of Arizona.” For now, the building remains closed.

Indeed, the elephant on Centennial Way (on West Washington Street in Phoenix just east of the State Capitol) that no one will talk about is the big grey hulk of the former mineral museum building.  Because of the centennial mess, fifty thousand school children were deprived of a lifetime learning experience during the past school year. Apparently, another fifty thousand will be so deprived during the coming school year.

Does anyone care?

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  1. Does anyone know if the new geology curator for AHS and the Experience Museum has done any outreach last year where she has actually gone to schools and educated Arizona's students on minerals and their uses?

    1. What the tax dollar funded AHS staff is doing, other than making presentations at a couple of Tucson clubs, is unknown.

      Some former mineral museum supporters are taking outreach programs to schools, but NOT as representatives of AHS.

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