Saturday, May 10, 2014

Arizona Historical Society defies judge's promise

Then (2010)

--- since the announcement of the Centennial Museum, there have been concerns raised about the future of the existing mineral and mining exhibits and equipment currently on display. The Arizona Centennial Commission understands these concerns, and it is our intent that mining shall play a significant role in the museum's future exhibitions. ---The historic pieces of equipment and world-class mineral and gem collection will remain prominently displayed. These objects are, after all, the heart of any exhibit or program reflecting the importance and history of Arizona's mining industry. Using modern display techniques, there is ample room for the continued prominence of the mineral exhibition. We understand that one of the reasons this collection is "world-class" is its comprehensive and integrated nature. Separating these valuable specimens would diminish both their value and impact.

Charles E. Jones - Looking back on state's 1st 100 years; Existing mining and mineral exhibits will find home in new Centennial Museum, Arizona Republic, Apr. 10, 2010 12:00 AM

Now (2014)

The Arizona Historical Society is scattering the collection over the state. Thus far, as shown by the map in the article linked to the May 6th blog post (AHS exposed) specimens are in at least seven different locations.

Note: The fact that the Centennial Museum project failed is irrelevant. There was no reason to close the existing mineral museum and remove the minerals.

1 comment:

  1. Judge Jones, President of the Centennial Foundation, wrote his encouraging article after Sen.Allen worked with representatives from AHS and the MMM to write into the statutes a plan that would save the MMM and also allow the Gov. and AHS to have a Centennial Museum in the building. It was a good solution and would have worked, without needing millions, if the statutes had simply been followed. The unique mineral collection would still be there with lots of scientific overseeing. We never heard from Judge Jones again, and he should have cared about following statutes.