Thursday, October 22, 2015
Searching for a historian
As shown by the October 14th post, the AHS board has no apparent interest in early Arizona history. That is indicated by their unwillingness to even discuss the preservation of historic mining equipment abandoned by the AHS. That equipment is now rusting and rotting in front of the empty mineral museum building.
The history of the early prospectors and miners is the early history of Arizona. Their efforts supported the construction of the railroads which opened the territory to farmers, ranchers, and others. That is why volunteers (non AHS) spent tens of thousands of hours over two decades to relocate, repair, and reassemble the equipment. The AHS shows no appreciation for either the history or the extraordinary volunteer effort.
Is there still a real historian in the AHS? Is anyone in the AHS interested in preserving that historic mining equipment?