Saturday, February 8, 2014

Movies and gardens: Saturday fun at the Museum

There was a time when this museum was just a dream.  We worried about what our broad goals were, the cultural and community bonds we wanted to form, and the programs we wanted to hold.  Now we worry about who's making the sandwiches for a group lunch and who'll be here to open the Museum at 8am for Boy Scouts.  We had two programs today: Boy Scouts out to do an Eagle Scout project, a film and book discussion, as well as two trustees volunteering at the front desk, four paid staff, and nine museum visitors through the building by noon. Talk about a busy day!  The museum hosted its second film and discussion group in partnership with the Imperial County Free Library and the Imperial Valley Islamic Center for the Muslim Journeys series.  The goal of the series is to learn more about the people, places, histories, faith, and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the globe. 22 people met to watch the award winning PBS documentary Prince Among Slaves and talk about the 1977 book by Terry Alford of the same title. Three Boy Scouts will be working the next few Saturdays on an Eagle Scout project, designing and building a garden next to the museum.  Today they moved rocks and formed the garden borders where they'll be planting.  Next week they'll be having even more fun- moving earth with heavy machinery!We are moving forward: holding programs, hosting traveling exhibits, and designing our permanent museum exhibits.  The changes are coming fast and furious, and we are excited not only to see how far we've come, but how far we still plan to go.

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