Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
In pursuit of this goal, we are focusing on our Archives Project. Today, our volunteer Albert helped to kick start this endeavor, beginning with an artifact catalog of the Sun Desert Nuclear Plant Project. This project has appeared in other parts of the museum's archives, and it involved the museum's founder Jay van Werhlof.
As with the inventory of our artifacts, the museum is looking for volunteers to help us explore our paper records. This exciting project will enable us to not only to learn more about our collection, but also about the development of the museum. We are curating Thursday-Saturday from 10-3pm. Anyone interested is encouraged to call the museum at 760-358-7016 and schedule with staff.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
|One of the great tips we received from |
our Conservation Assessment Program assessor.
During her visit in September, I described how we accession items into the museum - using a reversible adhesive and writing numbers to identify the objects - Nancy suggested we type the numbers rather than write them - eliminating the age old museum problem of deciphering handwriting and reading tiny little numbers. A simple but elegant solution.
Monday, October 14, 2013
The next scheduled events will help us celebrate Archaeology Day on Oct 19th and on November 16th, the museum will transform into a Ristorante Italiano on Saturday November 16th. See the fliers below:
The fundraising goal is to raise $66,000 by the end of this year through local donations. You can give directly to the endowment by finding the "Imperial Valley Desert Museum" listed here: http://www.ivcommunityfoundation.org/how-to-give/give-online-now/ on the Imperial Valley Community Foundation's website and press "Donate".
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Taking two cars out to the Anza-Borrego State Park, they explored the potential for multiple car excursions into the desert as well as the incredible landscapes and vistas, such as a view of the Elephant Knees rock formations.
Participants were also able to enjoy hiking in the park, with views of wind caves, rock concretions, and the ancient sea bed.
For those interested in the current museum's current outdoor programming and future information on our pilot programs check out the Museum's hiking website.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Two IVDM members accompanied a trustee and the Head Curator to the event where willow basket making instructions were translated step by step. "I didn't realize how much work it was going to be - I'm feeling it!" said one of our group.
Participants were also treated with a special presentation of bird songs by Juan Meza Cuero. After lunch we explored the progress of other tables and decided that we were glad we had chosen willow baskets. Working with the junctus materials was described as "intense".
After less than an hour wait at the border, we were back in US territory and finished up the day with dinner at the newly-opened Jacumba Springs Spa & Resort.
"What a great opportunity," said of of the museum members, "I'm really glad I got to go."
Friday, October 4, 2013
Karla Benitez has come on board to begin planning the museum exterior gardens and explore possible interpretative opportunities on the museum grounds.
Karla Benitez was born and raised in Hollywood, California. While living in an apartment her whole life, she grew an interest in plants; aiding her mother in caring for an arrangement of potted flowers. Not having a yard to play in, encouraged her to shift her interest to understanding and tending to florae. Along with her love for drawing, she eventually decided she wanted to pursue a career in landscape architecture.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
A native of Southern California, Janet is familiar with the environment here in the Imperial Valley. “I grew up camping here, in the San Felipe Wash and along the Pole Line Road,” explains Janet. “We would come to Anza-Borrego in the spring for the wildflowers, and in the winter the entire extended family would camp near the old Truckhaven Trail between Christmas and New Year’s. It was a great time to be a kid.” Janet’s responsibilities will be to work with educational opportunities in the fields of technology, archaeology and 21st century learning techniques.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
It was quite and experience. Ous!
Karate a the museum this summer has been our most successful program. We had an average of thirteen participants coming every Saturday and an average of six participants who came to the Wednesday sessions.
The program serves as an introduction to the discipline required to maintain and active, healthy lifestyle, which includes a regular routine of exercise. We have two students from Ocotillo who have participated during both years. Their parents report a noticeable difference in attitude and muscle development that has come with regular participation.
The Museum would like to thank Sensei Lucas Hitch, who has been leading karate for the last two years. Lucas has developed into a fine young man and his ability and patience in working with youth is the secret behind the success of the karate program.
On Monday, Lucas, a graduate of Southwest High School, leaves for Chicago, where he will be attending the Architecture Department at Judson University.
We wish him much success. Ous!
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
|Sharon and Christian curating the last items |
included in Phase I of the Inventory Project.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
The Madrecitas exhibition of small format art
began five years ago in an effort to support Mexicali’s
blossoming young artists. Based in a hallway of
CETYS Universidad, the inaugural exhibit had 60 pieces.
In 2013 the exhibit boasts 300 pieces from artists
ranging from Southern California to Mexico City
and includes 2D, 3D and video format. The exhibit represents
the vibrant artistic community just across the border.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Monday, July 8, 2013
Monday, July 1, 2013
by Jessica Brody, Head Curator
I've been told that at the start of the artifact re-housing project in 2009, there was no way to quantify the number of boxes in storage. It was too daunting task to attempt. Today, in the "cooler" weather I spent the morning checking corners of the now near-empty storage. 64 boxes of artifacts remain in the temporary storage area and about others 30 brought up to the museum this week.
Completing the re-housing the artifacts isn't the end of the Inventory Project, but it marks a huge milestone in the care of the collections. Massive, really. The next phase will involve the re-organization of the files and paperwork, also in temporary storage. Anne Morgan, our visiting archivist, developed a system very similar to the volunteer curation process that we will use to create searchable database records for the documentation. As we enter information into the database, we will be able to match the records to the artifacts.
The biggest challenge in caring for this collection is the divorce of the artifacts from the records. I'd like to personally invite the community, who has worked so hard to care for these records for so long, to help us create a full, informative, researchable archive. The information we work with over the coming months will form the basis for our first permanent exhibit and educational programming. This is a very exciting time to be part of the Inventory Project.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Every week will be a new adventure in traditional tools. Plans for the class range from building and fishing off tule boats to flinting obsidian tools. The first part of the class has been dedicated to constructing traditional houses on piece of land recently acquired as a preserve and addition to the Sycuan Reservation. The class seems to grow every week as more and more people hear stories about the work their friends are doing. With so many hands on board, it hardly seems like work.
See more classes available through Kumeyaay College on the website: http://www.kumeyaaycommunitycollege.com/
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Sunday, May 26, 2013
One visitor enjoyed the event so much that she sent us an email:
"My husband and I attended your function on Saturday, May 25. I had never been to your museum . . . What an enjoyable evening! The weather was great, we ran into old friends, saw Jupiter, Mercury and Venus and an informative presentation on asteroids. Well done! I plan on bringing my grandson to your next star gazing function. Thank you!"
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Get 'em while they are young!
The Museum began its intern program before it opened in March 2012. In fact, we wouldn't have been able to open if it wasn't for the willingness of our interning professionals to put all their talent, skills, and learning into the strategic objectives of this Museum.
Today I worked a career fair at the Enrique Camarena Calexico Junior High. One day those students will be our interns. That's kind of exciting.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Museum Assessment Program
The Museum Assessment Program (MAP) Self Assessment was submitted yesterday to the American Alliance of Museums. Part of the MAP includes a reference bookshelf filled with titles like "Collection Management Policies" and "AAM Guide to Collections Planning". The IVDM used these resources to evaluate our processes and procedures against national museum standards.
The next step of the process is the review of our documents and procedures by a peer reviewer based out of a museum in Arizona. The reviewer will evaluate our materials based on his experience in the desert region and as the director of an accredited museum. The visit occurs in July and we warned him that every week things are changing here and we'll keep him updated as the review date draws near.
"That's the coolest thing I've ever seen!" several students cheered, finding solar spots with their glasses, and then solar flares when looking through a telescope (also with a special filter). The students, ranging from Kindergarten to 8th grade, also enjoyed being the first to see our new solar panels being built by Sullivan Solar. It fit in perfectly with their lessons about alternative energy sources. Everyone enjoyed the field trip as a way of supplementing the astronomy lessons they are getting in class and are looking forward to coming out for the museum's star-gazing party Saturday May 25 for the chance to see some stars and planets.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
El Centro, CA (April 30, 2013) –Today, Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-51) delivered the “Volunteer of the Year” award to Imperial Valley resident Betty Cloud. In honor of National Volunteer Week, Congressman Vargas acknowledged Betty Cloud for her exceptional volunteer service and countless hours serving the Imperial County and working to better the 51st Congressional District.
I just wanted to acknowledge that when I first moved to the Imperial Valley, I moved my family to Ocotillo, right across the street from Betty Cloud. She was instrumental in connecting me to Bobby Brock, who connected me to the El Centro Rotary Club and then to the first grant we received that began the coiled-clay program. Really, Betty is responsible for what has become our signature program.
What I appreciate most is that Betty opened her library to my sons, who both read countless books the summer we lived in Ocotillo.
Sometimes it is the small things that define a person.
We love Betty at the museum. We love when she stops by. We love her enthusiasm for life long-learning. She makes a difference in our lives. She make a difference at the museum.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
|Rotary volunteers and Interact members|
One person came close, but at the end of the day Eusebio still held the record at 181 artifacts. Over the intense cataloging session 17 people curated 348 artifacts in 3 hours. That's equivalent to a full days work by our CDAS partners. The staff sends a big thank you out to El Centro Rotary for organizing the event and helping us curate IVC's collections.
|One of the 348 artifacts curated by El Centro Rotary and SW Interact Club.|
Later in the afternoon, visitors from Imperial County, Jacumba and as far as San Deigo helped us celebrate the grand opening of our first traveling exhibit. "Gold Fever! Untold Stories of California's Gold Rush". It's amazing to think that last January we just finished the curation lab and today we have a full exhibit up on the walls.
Nearly 100 people visited throughout the afternoon to eat tacos at the cart sponsored by the El Centro Rotary Club, listen to traditional cowboy music performed by El Centro's own Jugless Jug Band, and view the exhibit. Adults and children alike enjoyed testing their knowledge of the area and identifying good hiking areas our new
topographical map of San Diego and Imperial Counties.
Families enjoyed our miner's cabin and trying to identify different objects in the miner's trunk a miner would have brought with him for work and for fun.The Jugless Jug Band played timeless favorites like "Buffalo Girls" and "Little Brown Jug" and quizzed the museum staff on the historical meaning of each verse to "She'll be Coming 'Round the Mountain". We didn't know nearly as much as we expected we would.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Whew! The Ocotillo Rocks event just got over.
We had a full building with 107 people in attendance. Joe Rodrigues from the Gem and Mineral Society gave a talk on the geology of the Imperial Valley and showed different kinds of rocks that are found here. Chuck Bucher followed up with a gave talk on how rocks were used by Native Americans in the Valley. Lots of families came and children entertained themselves at craft stations where they painted rocks and built coiled clay pots.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The topographical map of San Diego and Imperial counties is 8x19 feet - massive inside our exhibit space! - so not all panels will be on display at once. The map highlights the amazing landscape of Imperial County and we like being able to see all the places we've hiked this year. The map will be on display during Ocotillo Rocks on the 20th - see the flyer below!
Sunday, April 14, 2013
|Jessica and Allison work with kids to make pots|
|Jessica teaches coiled clay|
A good time was had by all!
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
One of the grants programs we built this summer focused on the care of audio cassette tapes that contain oral histories told by Tom Lucas, the last Kwaaymii to learn English as a second language. The tapes include Mr. Lucas repeating what I'm told is the earliest known Kumeyaay bird song, past down to him in the early 1900's. We have had these tapes on loan for several months and yesterday the owner gifted them to the museum so we can digitize, transcribe and make accessible these irreplaceable histories.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Saturday, March 23, 2013
|Gourd art made by today's class|
Painting gourds and learning to stitch colored string, beads, and silver ornaments into their designs took the class all day, but everyone agreed it was well worth it!
"I learned a lot about art and about myself" one student told Gloria. Thanks to Museum Board member and volunteer Greg Curran, who set up the event with Gloria, and organized and advertised the class.
|Today's artists with their gourds|
|Gloria's consignment pieces|