Woosley said AHS is in discussions with the Arizona Department of Administration (ADOA) and a steering committee from the 48 Women group on a project for the El Zaribah building , the former Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum. The idea is for the facility to become a publiccenter for events, receptions, and programming that is inclusive with broad participation. It would include mobile exhibits. The 48 Women group are committed to a $10 million fundraising effort. Woosley said that initially a core committee consisting of representatives from the 48 Women group, Brian McNeil and whomever he assigns from ADOA; together withUrman, Ponder and herself for AHS, will map the nature of the public/private relationship. She commented that this offers a real opportunity to establish a productive function for the building.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
More Arizona Historical Society Nonsense
Now that the failure of the Arizona Centennial Museum project is finally acknowledged, the reasonable thing to do would be to restore the mineral museum and its K-12 education programs for the children of Arizona.
Instead, the AHS wants to build another cocktail bar and entertainment center for the elite. They already have one at the Marley Center in Tempe. It alone costs taxpayers million dollars a year and provides the public with little service. Apparently, one is not enough.
A state agency that promotes cocktails and entertainment for the elite over children’s education is not something that taxpayers should be funding. The AHS receives over 3 million dollars in cash from taxpayers each year. In addition, it receives free rent on the many state owned facilities across the state.
What do taxpayers receive in return?
Given all that public support, the AHS should be doing something for the good of the public.
The Arizona Historical Society
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Page 4, lines 95 through 110