As reported by prior posts, the “Friends of the Arizona Historical Society” claimed that the mineral museum has been relocated to Tempe. Anyone who has exposed themselves to the painful experience of viewing the few minerals in the pathetic display there knows the claim is ludicrous.
Oldham’s title, like the rest of his writing, was the sort of creative misdirection for which the Historical Society has become known. How sad that it is in charge of writing our state’s history.
It is pointless to debunk Oldham’s lies. The Governor’s Office, the Auditor General, many expert consultants, and all of Arizona’s major newspapers – the Star, Citizen and Republic – have repeatedly recognized the Society’s mismanagement and called for reform. Only the Historical Society’s self-appointed leadership pretends the Society is well-run, and it has already been caught in too many lies to be believed.
If anyone wonders whether the Arizona Historical Society is preserving our history honestly, consider this: the Arizona Historical Society’s Phoenix museum is named in honor of Kemper Marley. According to Arizona Attorney General Grant Wood, former Governor Bruce Babbitt, the Phoenix Police Department, the FBI, and over 100 newspaper reporters who conducted the largest press investigation ever, Kemper Marley ordered the car bomb killing of Phoenix reporter Don Bolles. John Adamson, who confessed to planting the bomb, explained that Bolles was part of a three-victim murder contract Marley arranged. Payments were even traced from Marley to Adamson. But when schoolchildren visit the Arizona Historical Society, Marley is portrayed as a heroic philanthropist.
Is this the sort of ”truth” about history the Arizona Historical Society preserves? Frankly, it’s hard to imagine any state historical society doing worse. But the Arizona Historical Society does do worse. Shortly after naming the museum for Don Bolles killer, the Society went to Bolles’ widow and family and asked them to donate the wreckage of Bolles’ exploded car to the museum. They left out the fact that the museum was named for Bolles’ killer. The family at first agreed, but withdrew the donation in public outrage when they learned the truth. Is Oldham proud of this?
When lies built upon lies bring heartbreak to the family of a man killed for telling the truth, how can anyone defend it? Have the people who lead such a historical society no sense of conscience? Have they no shame?