Monday, April 21, 2014

April 19 Reception

Exhibit Design Drawing

This Saturday the Imperial Valley Desert Museum hosted a reception to officially reveal our exhibit design drawings for our upcoming permanent exhibit (coming Spring 2015).  We also announced that we are now approved to be a federal curation facility.  This means that we can now accept the artifacts collected during the development of energy projects in Imperial Valley.

158 people came out for the reception and enjoyed the chance to see the design plans for the new exhibit. Additionally, several arrow shaft straighteners from the Hammond-Butts collection were on display as a sample of the artifacts that will be in the permanent exhibit- shown together for the first time to the public.

We were honored to have bird singers from the Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation come out and bless the museum through song and dance. We finished the evening by screening the new documentary First People Kumeyaay- winner of the 2014 Borrego Springs Film Festival "People's Choice" award.  This documentary describes the rich culture and heritage of the Kumeyaay people.  At just under an hour in length, over 70 hours of oral history were filmed for the video. When the permanent exhibit is up, we anticipate that some of this additional footage will be included in the exhibit. We appreciate everyone for coming out and we really appreciate the support of both our members and friends. This will be a big year for the museum. We are very excited about what is coming...
Manzanita Bird Singers

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