Monday, February 2, 2015

Will the Madness end?

Four years ago, an unfortunate piece of legislation gave the Arizona Historical Society control of the once top rated mineral museum in Phoenix. It was a clear case of political malpractice. This blog has documented how the AHS proceeded to destroy the mineral museum in less than a year.  As of this date,  over 100,000 students have been cheated out of the once popular K-12 education programs even though the mineral museum has been fully funded in every subsequent state budget.

Senate Bill 1016 would transfer mineral museum assets from the AHS to the Arizona Geological Survey.

Will sanity prevail?

Will the bill become law?

Will the remnants of the mineral museum be recovered from the apparently incompetent AHS?


  1. There are several questions here to be answered. I doubt the cases will be returned as the majority are already set up in a few museums around the state.
    That however is the least of the former mineral museum's problems at the moment.

    If the AGS ends up with the reconstruction of the old museum will they be given all of the former lapidary shops equipment? More important what about all the tools used to do repair and construction projects? They had a shop full of tools, bench saws,etc. Will they get these valuable assets back?

    The most important thing outside of the original minerals the state had at the old museum ( I would assume these definitely would be returned and be put under the authority of AGS) are all the minerals, jewelry, books, tools, gemstones, etc. that the store once possessed and sold. The tens of thousands of store stock (actually well over $100,000 ) are needed to once again be sold so funds can be used to pay the tour guides who conduct the school programs and for repairs and things the museum needs.

  2. I would hope it ends when the new governor looks into this mess. or if the AHS Board of Directors wakes up and does something. Woosley has been making blunders and the Board never votes on these museum decisions. Like opening up a $15,000,000 Centennial Museum. Wake up!