Artifacts – September 2015


Michelin Travel Guide, one of the world’s most reputable travel guides, has officially given The Heard Museum its three-star rating, the highest possible. Give yourselves a hearty thump on the back for this achievement! ~ Deb Krol

Special Sale for Guild Members
Now through September 30th all previously marked down sale items are eligible for an additional 10% discount! We will be offering this discount to all of our members within the next week, but we wanted to give Heard staff and Guild members the opportunity to purchase these items before we make the announcement. We currently have several hundred sale items, so stop by and take a look! ~ Heidi Richmond.

Books & More
We just got the book “Frida Kahlo: Her Photos”, which is essentially the catalog for the Heard Museum’s new exhibit coming in October.  It’s in Books & More now if you want an advance look! Retail is $45 – $31.50 with staff discount. ~ Lynn Bullock | Bookstore Manager

Guild President Greetings

Welcome Back!!

Can you believe how quickly our summer break has flown by??!!! For those of you who stayed in the Valley for the summer, weren’t we happy to have sweaters to wear in the fully air-conditioned Heard Museum!! For those of you who ventured far away, we hope you had a wonderful break and are delighted to be back HOME!!

Great news abounds throughout the Museum. Be sure to attend our first Guild meeting, September 9th for a full update from our interim CEO, John Bulla. John and I meet regularly to keep communication and projects flowing between staff and Guild. I can’t wait for him to share lots of exciting news with all of you!!

Our committees have been busy too. Get ready to roll up your sleeves for a busy season of touring, shop sales, greeting guests at our information desk, library projects, and numerous special events.

Invite your friends and family to join you in the Guild. Our new membership brochure is almost ready. Watch for it soon.

Keep close watch on our website for up to date news and volunteer requests. Happening Now will resume its regular weekly visit to your email box starting next Monday.

See you on September 9th, if not before!


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September Guild Meeting

Speaker: John Bulla, Interim Director and CEO of the Heard Museum. There will be time for a Q & A session.
Date: Wednesday, September 16
Place: Steele Auditorium

  • 9:30 – Socializing
  • 10:00 – Speaker
  • 11:00 – Business meeting

Refreshments will be provide again this year by the Museum Food and Beverage Department which we greatly appreciate.

Looking Ahead to October

We have booked Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz for our October 21st Guild Meeting. She is a well-known author of 4 books on the Myths about Native Americans and their world before Columbus. The bookstore is selling her latest book “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States”, which will be the focus of her talk. ~ David Rothberg

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Guild Dues

If you have not yet paid your current Guild dues of $40. which was due last May, you will have that opportunity at the September Guild meeting or you can pay online HERE. Please look for us at a table in the back or Steele auditorium before or after the meeting. ~ Judy Pykare, Membership Chairman

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Welcome New Guild Members

Bill Mathews
Gail DeForest
Joey lee Henkel
Per Schelde

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The Museum is adding an exciting new fundraiser to the event calendar for January 2017. “trove” is in the planning stages, but will feature the sales of estate jewelry and art treasures donated to the Museum. Many bequeathed items become part of our permanent collection or are sold in the Shop and this new event will provide an additional opportunity for the Museum to benefit from the generosity of donors.

Thanks to Anita Hicks and Lea Seago for sharing their insights on the art and treasure sales of our past Library Book Sales. Their help was appreciated in jump-starting the planning process for the Museum development staff. As plans develop, staff will welcome the energies and support of Guild volunteers to make this new event a resounding success. Keep watching for updates!!

If you have books ready for donation, please take them to other outlets such as your local library or the huge annual VNSA book sale.

We look forward to this new fundraiser to benefit the Museum and its mission.

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Meet Our New Guild Liaison

Allison Lester, the Museum’s membership manager, is our new staff liaison to the Guild replacing Mark Scarp. She is working actively and creatively to build membership in the Museum and is excited to share in the activities of the Guild. Allison will be working closely with several Guild committees, especially membership and special events, such as the Guild Appreciation Dinner. She is our “go to” person when we need extra staff assistance and will be a great resource in identifying new volunteer opportunities to support the Museum.

Allison will attend both Guild Board meetings and general membership meetings each month. Please take the time to introduce yourself when you see her. Also, special congratulations to Allison for completing her Masters in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University this summer!!!!

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Volunteers Needed: Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Just a reminder that the Staff Appreciation Luncheon will take place on November 6th. The co-chairs for the event this year are Rod & Winona Passmore and Cathy & Hank Short. The event will take place in the Monte Vista room. This event is an opportunity to meet and greet and interact with staff members and show our appreciation for the staff and the contributions they provide to the museum. It is also an opportunity to provide a great pot-luck meal for the staff. We will be asking for food and cash donations as well as volunteers to help serve and clean up. If you would like to help and can provide any of these services, please contact:

Thanks in advance for your help ~ Rod, Winona, Hank, Cathy

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Guild Trips

The Guild arranges trips each year for Guild and Museum members. Not only will you travel with people who share your interests, you will have the finest interpretive guides who are experts in their fields. Most trips are in the Southwest but sometimes we travel further afield.

For more information about any of the Guild trips, contact Shelley Mowry

Upcoming trips

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NPSW Fall Short Course

Native Peoples of the Southwest: An Overview
Participants will learn about the Southwest and the first American from the prehistoric peoples to their historic descendants to the people today, who continue to blend their ancient traditions with the challenges of the 21stcentury. The aim of the course is to promote respect for Native people and an appreciation of their art and cultures.

Instructor: Linda Hefter, Heard Museum Docent
Location: Encanto Room, Dorrance Education Center, Heard Museum
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

Each class day will conclude with a mini museum tour of the material discussed.

Registration Fees

  • Active Las Guias members Free
  • Heard Guild members $40.00
  • Heard Museum members $50.00
  • Non-members $60.00

For more information and to register email Sidney Wilson:

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Short Course: Apache Stories told by Apaches

Please join us for a three-week series on Apache Stories told by Apaches, an in-depth study of Apache Culture, scheduled from 9:30-12:30pm.

Nov 5 – will feature Ann Skidmore of the White Mountain Apaches.
Nov. 12 – will be with Vernelda Grant of the San Carlos Apaches.
Nov. 19 – will be with Michael Darrow of the Fort Sill Chiracha Apaches. Michael Darrow is the nephew of Alan Houser, the grandson of Magnus Coloradas and the son of feminine pioneer, Ruey Houser. The class will feature creation stories, pre-contact life, settling on the reservations and modern Apache life.

Short Course will be taught by Heard Museum Docent Marilyn Brooks. For more information or to register, email Mary Lee

Registration Fee

  • Active Las Guias members: $25
  • Guild members: $40
  • Heard Museum members: $50
  • Non-members: $60

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Book Clubs

Northeast Valley Book Club: Our next meeting will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 22, at the home of Gloria Johnson in Tonto Verde. The book for discussion will be Rez Life by David Treuer.
For more information contact Linda Hefter:

Central Phoenix Guild Book Club: Our next meeting will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday September 9 in the Courtyard if it is not too hot. In the event of extreme heat, we will meet in the Guild Room. The book for discussion will be The Pueblo Nations by Joe S. Sando.
For more information contact Jackie Kemmer:

Not a Book Club Member Yet?
Northeast Valley Guild Book Club. Contact Linda Hefter:
Central Phoenix Guild Book Club. Contact Jackie Kemmer:
West Valley Guild Book Club. Contact Winona Passmore:

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Become a Docent at the Heard Museum

Informational Meeting: Learn about the Docent training

An informational meeting about the course and docent service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, in the museum’s Encanto Room.Click here for more details about Las Guias and to sign up for docent training. For more information email Jim Szabo, class facilitator.

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Las Guias Class Begins

Classes begin on October 6 through April 26
Instructor: Jaclyn Roessel, Public Programs and Education Director | Heard Museum
Facilitators: Jim Szabo, Rex Nelson, Jackie Kemmer

The Las Guias Docent training course begins October 6th, 2015 under the sponsorship of the Heard Museum Guild working closely with the professional staff of the Museum’s Education Department. There is no prerequisite beyond interest, but a fee is charged. A commitment is required of at least two years of guide service with a minimum of 30 tours per year (two scheduled half-days per month, June through May).

To learn more, contact Jim Szabo:

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Las Guias Education Exchange – October 12, 8:30-2:45 p.m.

“Something Old, Something New”

We carefully studied the evaluations from last year’s Tune Up. Practical tips for guiding was a frequently mentioned suggestion. This topic always bears inclusion in Fall Tune Up. However, just as the museum’s focus is broadening so will we try to provide new and exciting educational opportunities on October 12.

As per Las Guias suggestions, we have negotiated with the Café to provide a more reasonably priced lunch. Lunch will be buffet style trays and will include Spanish Market salad, Chicken Salad on Cranberry Walnut Bread, and Turkey BLT wrap. Las Guias will provide water and ice tea. We will get our share of sweets from the morning goodies and afternoon treats also provided by Las Guias. The cost of the lunch will be $10.00.

As per your requests, we have shortened our day. Program hours are 8:30-2:45.

Please RSVP to Sheia Mehlem We need to know if you will be attending and if you wish to order lunch. Checks for lunch can be sent to Sheila Mehlem, 219 West Country Gables Drive, Phoenix, Az. 85023. Checks should be made out to Heard Museum Guild. We need lunch orders by October 1st.

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Las Guias Ed. Council Meetings

Education Council will meet every other month again this year. The time and place will be the same as last year. We will meet on the days of the regular Guild meeting at 1:00 in the Encanto classroom. We will be discussing issues pertaining to Las Guias procedures and policies. Please join us to fine-tune an already great program. We will meet on Sept 16th, Nov 18th, Jan 20th and March 16th. The topics to be covered in Sept are LOAs and Peer Review. Nov will be a special program on Speaker’s Bureau with John Nuerenberg showing us some new things we hope will make this job easier. The Council is made up of the 12 committees that fall under Education and all of Las Guais are encouraged to participate and be a part of the decisions that are made. Jaclyn Roessel, Shaliyah Ben and Darien Begay will be attending each session. Please mark your calendars as this is already turning into a busy year.
Thanks, Sue Snyder

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Heard September Happenings

Heard Courtyard Cafe makes list 20 restaurants for classic Arizona dishes.

Courtyard Cafe, Heard Museum “Stop by this world-class museum of Native American culture for a nosh of indigenous tepary bean hummus served with fry bread ($9.50). Wash it down with a glass of prickly pear lemonade ($3.50).”
Read Article…..

Sept. 4 – First Fridays at the Heard: ‘Music!’

September Movies – showtimes at 10:30am and 2:00pm in Monte Vista, Free Admission
Sept. 11 – ‘Indian Relay’
Sept. 18 – ‘The Mystery of Chaco Canyon’
Sept. 24 – ‘Miss Navajo’

Sept. 26 – Free general admission offer celebrates Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live!

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All details for the above; time, location, registration, and contact person can be found on the website Calendar.

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