Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Smithsonian director delivers high praise for Bisbee museum

[Source: Shar Porier, Herald/Review] -- “The Smithsonian is proud of the outcome of this exhibit.” So said Smithsonian Affiliations Director Harold A. Closter Thursday morning as he took a tour of the award-winning exhibit titled “Digging In: Bisbee’s Mineral Heritage”. It was the first time Closter had seen the finished product that was the result of a collaborative effort between the Smithsonian and the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum that took many months of painstaking work. The Smithsonian provided many of the mineral specimens on display, as well as the know-how for the lighting of the specimens and even built the “cave” with its beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. “This is fantastic,” he said. “It’s a very powerful educational experience.” He commended the staff, board and supporters on the two awards the museum recently received for the exhibit. The American Association of State & Local History presented the museum Director Carrie Gustavson with the 2007 Award of Merit for Leadership in History.

[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: Beatrice Richardson, Herald/Review - Harold A. Closter, a director with Smithsonian Affiliations, views the Digging In exhibit at the Museum.]