Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Feeding off the carcass

Not only did the AHS destroy the mineral museum and its K-12 education programs, they are profiting from doing so. The first reference below shows that they are selling gift shop inventory taken from the mineral museum at the Marley Center Museum in Tempe (AKA History Museum at Papago Park).

The second reference appears to indicate that they obtained a rent reduction on the empty mineral museum, and then transferred $148,300 of the reduction to their Marley Center Museum (they get free rent at Marley Center).

Since the AHS is currently still on baseline budgeting, that might possibly mean that they will be rewarded with an additional $140,300 every following year for destroying the mineral museum.


1. Mining and Minerals – A 25 x 60 foot area where the Play Ball exhibit was displayed will hold this exhibit. Programing will be done around the exhibit adding an academic element to the collection. Part of the inventory of minerals/jewelry was on display at the museum store during the Historical League Open House and almost $500.00 in sales was realized in two hours. The revenue received is tied to the mineral collection.
October 18, 2013

2. The budget includes $410,500 and 3 FTE Positions from
the General Fund in FY 2013 for the Arizona Experience
Museum. These amounts fund the following adjustments:

The budget includes a decrease of $(148,300) from the
General Fund in FY 2013 to redistribute monies for rent
from the Arizona Experience Museum to the Papago Park

Statewide Adjustments
The budget includes a decrease of $(30,900) from the
General Fund in FY 2013 for statewide adjustments
Fiscal Year 2013 Appropriations Report, Page 129, Arizona Historical Society

1 comment:

  1. So the Arizona Historical Society wipes out a Mineral Museum and reduces it to 1,500 square feet of space in an exhibit gallery? And how many people will see it in a yewar? According to the recent Auditor General Report only 6,867 people walked through the building last year. And how many of them were there for a wedding or a no-host social hour event? How many schoolkids will see this new exhibit. And where are all of the minerals that were in the old Mineral Museum? Guess you can't fit that many in a lousy 1,500 square foot gallery space.