Because the AHS distributed their misinformation to 74 museums across the state that they certify, both the guest post and the following more detailed rebuttal were sent to each of those 74 museums on March 29th (can anyone who has read the AHS performance reviews see any value in AHS certification?):
Who is caring for the many mineral specimens still in the abandoned Phoenix building? A mineral collection does require qualified handlers. A formerly pristine and valuable crystal displayed by AHS at the Tucson Gem and Mineral show was observed to be damaged by improper handling.
The AHS actually did harm to the collection by separating it from the corresponding files on geology and mineral deposits. The AHS took the minerals, but not the data files. The data was salvaged by the Arizona Geological Survey and preserved, even though it was not funded to do so. The AHS did further harm by renumbering specimens. The numbers on the specimens now no longer match the numbers in the mineral and geological files preserved by AZGS, and the usefulness to researchers has been compromised.
While the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum was still operating, attendance was over 50,000 visitors a year. Its K-12 education programs served 25,000 students a year arriving on school field trips. Another 15,000 children came with scout leaders or family for an informal learning experience. AHS combined attendance at its seven facilitates statewide does not equal mineral museum attendance during its last full year of operation.
Closing the museum effectively stole the resources from those who appreciated it the most, the students and their teachers.
False Claim No. 6: The AZGS does not have museum management experience and will not be able to operate the mineral museum.