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IVC Desert Museum SE Information Center (El Centro, CA 92244-2455)
Neal V. Hitch (Project Director: May 2014 to August 2016)

Preservation Assistance Grants
Preservation and Access

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$4,255 (approved)
$4,255 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2016

Achieving Sustainability in the Desert Environment: Improving Collections Storage at the Imperial Valley Desert Museum

Hiring a consultant to evaluate storage layout and purchase supplies to improve storage and environmental conditions at the Imperial Valley Desert Museum. The museum is home to an archaeology and history collection that documents the culture collectively known as Yuman (Kumeyaay, San Dieguito, Kwaaymi, Queshan, and Cahuilla cultures), which inhabited the area of southern California and western Arizona from about 10,000 years ago through the present.  Included in the collection are prehistoric artifacts, whole ceramic vessels, called “ollas” by early Spanish settlers, and the archives of archaeologist Dr. Jay von Werhlof, who surveyed prehistoric geoglyphs (or landscape art) in the region.  The museum serves local, regional, and international audiences through exhibits, research, and education.

15,000 years ago the ancestors of the Kumeyaay nations lived in the most diverse environment of any indigenous population in the Americas. Their landscape ranged from the Pacific coast through the mountains and into the desert of Southern California. The Imperial Valley Desert Museum holds stewardship over the largest collection of Kumeyaay artifacts in the southwest. In 2015-2016, the IVDM will re-evaluate the collections storage layout, as suggested by a 2013 CAP, and install a new permanent exhibit that includes permanent visible storage. This grant will provide consultation with Dr. Nancy Odegaard, Head of the Arizona State Museum Preservation Division, who will guide the IVDM in developing a plan for the implementation of those projects, and purchase preservation materials suggested by a 2013 CAP report.