Archives for September 2014

It Started With Taking A Short Course….Which I Now Teach.


I first visited the Heard Museum while attending a few Spring Training Games in March of 1995.

I added the Heard to my annual “teacher plays hooky” itinerary in Phoenix.  In 2002, I retired to Surprise, Arizona from Chicago.  One day ten years ago while at the Heard North Shop in Scottsdale, I saw a flyer for a four-session course called “Native Peoples of the Southwest”

I took the course, and the rest, as they say is, history.

Since 2004, I have been a member of the Heard Museum Guild.  The Guild is a challenging, educational, eye-opening, and enjoyable experience. What we do is worthwhile and valuable to the Museum and to the Indian communities we serve. Membership has given me both a sense of purpose and a feeling of accomplishment.  The Guild keeps me growing and has expanded my horizons. Also, there is a camaraderie among Guild members that is stronger and more vibrant than any other organization of which I have been a member. Most of all, I’m having fun.

I remember people asking me when I was about to retire, “What are you going to do with your time?”  To which I always replied, “Whatever I want!”  Even I didn’t suspect how wonderfully that prediction would come true.

Lucille Shanahan

The Guild – What a Ride it Has Been!!


Winona and I didn’t know just what to expect that morning in October 2003 when we walked into the Encanto Class room to begin the Las Guias class. As we look back today WHAT an incredible journey we have experienced. Over the last 11 years as Guild members It has been a life changing experience for us in many ways. The education, the trips, the Fair, the Book Sale, the Museum Exhibits, guiding, holding the various board positions, and most of all the PEOPLE, it has always been about the people. Being a part of the team devoted to the mission of the Museum and Guild. PRICELESS!!

There were two special and unforgettable experiences I will always remember. About 8 years ago the MEDAL OF HONOR recipients held their annual conference in Phoenix. I was asked to take 33 of the 75 on a special tour of the Museum and exhibits. I got to meet each of them individually and talk with them for over 3 hours. Many have since passed. What an honor it was for me to be in their company. The second memory was about 6 years ago when Winona was diagnosed with Lymphoma. We shared her illness with the Guild which turned out to be the most supportive, loving and caring group you could ever imagine. It was an important element in her recovery. The Guild rallied around us and we had a second family. We have been a part of many organizations, but the Guild is the most caring, supportive, devoted, and passionate group of people we have ever been associated with. Long lasting friendships, always there for you and willing to help. We will always be grateful we had this opportunity to be a part of the Museum and Guild, it will always be special to us. WHAT A RIDE IT HAS BEEN!!

Rod and Winona Passmore

A Guild Member for 20 Years and Still Having Fun.

Heard Guild logo Turquoise backgroundWhen I moved to the Valley over 20 years ago the first thing I did was contact the Heard Museum to learn what volunteer opportunities were available.

I had been a docent in a world class museum in the Midwest and knew I wanted to continue my association with a museum in my new home.

I was fortunate enough to be accepted in the Las Guias Training class for that year. The education I received was exemplary and the process continues each year as we add new exhibits. Giving tours to people from around the world is continually rewarding.

Throughout the years that I have been a member of the Heard Museum and Heard Museum Guild I have enjoyed working on many committees … the best way to feel part of an organization… and in the process make many friends.  In my leadership roles as Shop Chair and Guild president I participated in the decision making processes of the Museum which added to my sense of inclusion as well as responsibility.  Being surrounded by a world class collection and amazing people contributes to a stimulating and exciting experience.  Membership in the Heard Museum Guild has opened up opportunities that I could not have experienced anywhere else.


Edna Weinberg

What Has The Heard Guild Meant to Me?

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Well, first of all, how did I become aware of the existence of the Guild?  I heard or read about a “Short Course” on American Indians of the Southwest being offered at the Heard Museum and I, as a native Arizonan, had always felt I really didn’t know much about the people who had lived in “my stomping ground” a whole lot longer than me or my folks.  I wanted some education – and I knew the Heard’s reputation as an important institution.

During those class meetings I met several attendees who were already docents at the Museum who were getting a refresher, and I was curious about what they did at the Museum.  I learned that they had taken an eight-month course of study and then committed to giving about 30 tours a year to visitors at the Museum.  Well, I have always enjoyed passing on knowledge, am a reasonably good public speaker, and I was close to being completely retired from day-to-day work, so I joined the next class that started in October.

What a wonderful experience in that course of studies to get to know some like-minded people from several different backgrounds.  And the experience of giving tours in the most prestigious museum in town to both adults and children has been totally fulfilling and rewarding.

However, along with the guiding experience came an affiliation with a larger group of volunteers because the guides are only one group that make up the Heard Museum Guild.  Volunteers work in the Library, the Gift Shop, and put on several big events as fund-raisers for the Museum.  The larger organization was able to use some of my other talents, like technology expertise, for their benefit.

So, what has the Guild meant to me?  A sense of my life and knowledge still having some value in this world even after retirement from my earlier “work.”

Richard Borgmann

Indian Fair & Market Chair Shares Enthusiasm for the Heard Guild

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I came to the Valley January of 1990.  Two months later I attended the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market and bought a Navajo rug and my first pair of many silver earrings.  I  I knew then that the Heard is where I wanted to volunteer when I retired.

Now 23 year later I am in charge of that same Fair.  I now apply my accounting and project management knowledge and experience in a whole new world as well as branching out into sales which I never would have thought possible during my career.  Most of my education was in music and art history.  I returned to art history by joining the Heard Guild.  Now that I am a volunteer I realize the best part is working alongside like-minded, devoted, enthusiastic people who continue to enjoy learning.

Pat Kilburn