Noticias July 2014


To Guides from the Education Department

July 2014

Heard Museum Guide Schedule:


From Jaclyn’s Desk……


I hope this email finds you doing well. I have only a few reminders:

First, please continue to spread the work about the start of the new Las Guias course. I am delighted to be teaching it and look forward to meeting our new class. You can send folks over to Lucille Shanahan should they have any questions.

Second, Stu Passon shared an informative story found in the AZ Republic about the saguaro harvest. Fitting as we await more monsoon storms.

Lastly, beginning in October we will be hosting the Native + You First Friday program where we will be open the first Friday of the month. We have an exciting line-up of programs getting confirmed. Our committee is looking for 4-6 typewriters for a program we will be doing in December. Should you have one you would let us borrow, please contact me.

Continue to enjoy the summer and I look forward to see you all soon.



From Betty Murphy’s Desk………

Billie Jane Baguley Library and Archives Collection Spotlight for July 2014

This month’s sampling of four selections from the library collection just might make your mouth water. While it might surprise a few people, the library collection boasts an assortment of cookbooks covering a range of cultures and cooking styles. Remember, no food is allowed in the library, just reading and recipes. Please feel free to visit the library to view these or any other items of interest in the library and archives collections. For additional collection information, click on the Search Catalog button of the library page from the Heard website.

Dining with the Desert Museum : favorite recipes from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Tucson, Ariz. : Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Press, c2005

Heard call number TX715.2.S69 D58 2005


Heard in the kitchen : the Heard Museum Guild cookbook

Phoenix, Ariz. : Heard Museum Guild, c1993.

Heard call number TX715 .H3967 1994


Historic Native American cookbook and short stories

Menisiquah, editor

Baltimore : PublishAmerica, c2009

Heard call number TX715 .H578 2009


Native Indian wild game, fish & wild foods cookbook : recipes from North American native cooks

Hunt, David, editor

Lancaster, Pa. : Fox Chapel Pub., c1992

Heard call number TX715 .N3 1992

From Lynn Bullock’s Desk……….


Things have slowed down as they usually do in the summer, so there isn’t a lot to report. The Bricks & More Shop has been holding its own and Juan has survived two of the free Summer Sundays so far. That area has been pretty crowded on those Sundays, which means it can get REALLY LOUD in there – so kudos to Juan for handling it so well.

People continue to come in to Books & More looking for items the guides have recommended, so thanks again for that.

Here’s a bit of news: the reprint of Barton Wright’s “Kachinas: A Hopi Artist’s Documentary” with a new introduction by Ann Marshall is due out at the end of August. The book has been out of print for several years, so it will be good to have it back, as it is a valuable reference tool. Thanks to Ann and Museum of New Mexico Press for bringing it back!

Keep up the good work and be sure to stop in to Books & More if you’re in need of reading material for the summer doldrums!

From Sue’s Desk………..

I would like to encourage people to come out and participate at Sizzling Summer Sundays– both with the kids’ activities and with lending a hand with the extra volume of people inside the Museum.  It is fun and different with the children and families that are showing up.  If you are in town and free, it is a great way to see the Heard thru “younger eyes”.

I would also like to thank Joan Jasso for all her work at getting the Information Desk staffed in the summer.  June was at 82%!  In case the heat is getting you down, come visit the “Ice Palace” as Barbara Korn calls it! You also have a chance to meet a lot of people vacationing from all over the world.

Remember to “save the date” on Monday, October 20th for the Education Exchange, formerly called Tune Up.  We moved the date up a couple of weeks since many people are staying out of town until later in the month.  We have a number of interesting speakers lined up for breakouts.  We will also have planned for a box lunch or you can bring your own.  Sheila Mehlem and Joan Jasso are working on this year’s event.  More details to follow.

And last but not least, we have planned some special short courses again this year.  Linda Hefter will be doing a three week Pai course in October.  Connie Thornton will be her facilitator.

Lucille Shanahan will be teaching the SW Short Course on four Saturdays in January.  We are trying classes on Saturday to reach a different demographic. Sidney Wilson will facilitate.

Jackie Kemmer will teach a short course on Pueblo in April.  Elinor Rothberg will facilitate.  Lots of good learning to look forward to.

Thanks to everyone for all the help

Sue Snyder

From Shaliyah’s Desk……..

Hello Everyone!

Summer Sundays at the Heard

Contrary to a period marked by indolence and heat educed lethargy, the Dog Days of  Summer Sundays here at the Heard have been full of cool Lego Family Fun! Each Sunday we beat our previous Sunday admission numbers. Have a look!

Sunday, July 6th – 1395

Sunday, July 13th – 1549

Sunday, July 20th – 1747

Be sure to bring your family and friends to our last Summer Sunday in July 2014! It truly is wonderful to see the museum full of life and people enjoying themselves! The fun kicks off at 11 am with special programming ending at 4 pm. Museum closes at 5 pm.

Membership Boom

I mentioned that our membership sales were up in a previous Noticias and wanted to update those numbers because they are truly impressive. From June 20th to today, July 20th, 2014 a total of 145 memberships were sold or renewed. This puts the total from the opening of BUILD! (May 24, 2014) to 313 total memberships. This is a great addition to the Heard family!

Have you Heard?

I’d like to announce that we launched our new Heard Museum website! Please take some time to look it over and check out the new layout! You will see that the style is modern, clean, concise in the information layout and up to date. It really is impressive! If you notice anything that needs to be changed please let us know so we can contact the appropriate departments.

Backpack Drive

The Morning Star Leaders Youth Council is holding its 2014 Ace Backpack Drive. The Heard Museum is acting as a collection site for this effort. This drive will ultimately support Arizona native children and youth as they prepare for their return to school in the fall of 2014. The effort raises awareness about education, encourages promotion and graduation achievements. The drive asks for backpacks filled with school supplies. Even if you cannot contribute a backpack, supplies are still appreciated. There is a box in the Admissions lobby for donations. The backpack drive will take place until July 27th, 2014.

Signing in

Please remember to sign in at both receiving and in the Guild Room! It is very important on a security level for us to know who is on campus and when. It is also important for us and you to keep track of your volunteer hours and how many tours you do! If you have specific questions about the use of the computer and how to track tours please contact me directly and we can help you out.

Laser Pointer Usage

After a Curatorial and Education review of conservation literature on the subject, Director of Curation and Education Dr. Ann Marshall has requested that museum guides refrain from using laser pointers in the museum.  While laser pointers are commonly used in classroom and office presentations, conservators do not consider them to be safe for pointing at works of art.

Aside from the issue of ANY heat coming in contact with items in the collection, which we absolutely do not want, there is a appropriateness issue at hand. A laser pointer is a “pointer”. I know first hand as a Navajo that pointing is not culturally appropriate and considered rude and impersonal. This is an unwritten code and more like a learned social cue among our tribe and others. I believe in western culture it is also considered rude to point to others. Now one may ask what does it matter with objects? Well, many if not all the “objects” in our collection are not considered by respective communities as “objects” but items that have a life, being, feeling, and spirit. Pointing at them with a finger or laser is just not appropriate. This decision was carefully decided upon and we are now in the majority of major museum across the country that also have a no laser policy. Thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please let us know.

Thank you and Happy Touring,



*Please keep tours to 45 minutes.  Gallery Talks, 20 minutes.

*Please remember to check the galleries and replenish activities if necessary.

*Please rove in galleries and engage with public, please avoid standing around the info desk.

*Please obtain subs in a timely manner, not one week before.


*Please arrive at the info desk 15 minutes before your tour starts, not 3, 2, or 1 minute before 😉

Exhibit Schedule

Home: Native People in the Southwest – long term

We Are! Arizona’s First People – long term

Every Picture Tells a Story– long term

Remembering Our Boarding School Days – long term

Around the World – long-term

” Stories Outside the Lens: American Indian Ledger Art” – through September 21, 2014

“The Houser/Haozous Family: Celebrating a Century”  – through April 2015

 “That’s the Way I Like It!” – through February 8, 2015

“Chocolate, Chili, and Cochineal: Changing Taste Around the World – through November 30, 2014

” BUILD! Toy Brick Art at the Heard”  May 24, 2014 – September 28, 2014

“Houser/Haozous Family: Celebrating a Century” – through April 2015


The Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85004                                                                               

Shaliyah Ben

Educational Programs and Outreach Coordinator

Heard Museum

2301 N. Central Ave.

Phoenix, AZ 85004

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