Noticias, March 2016

To Guides from the Education Department

Heard Museum Guide Schedule:

From Betty Murphy’s Desk………

Billie Jane Baguley Library and Archives Collection Spotlight for March 2016

The fourth Tuesday in March has been designated as Diabetes Alert Day by the American Diabetes Association. This designation is intended to focus attention on the seriousness of this disease and to raise awareness of the health implications of undiagnosed or untreated cases. Diabetes is a health issue for close to 10% of American society and the disease is extremely prevalent among Native American and Alaska Native populations in particular. The goal of preventing diabetes in these communities is tied to understanding the links between the cultural role of food, the impacts of federal policies and the history of the disease in these same communities. From a graphic novel aimed at middle schoolers in Native communities to a scholarly volume on medical anthropology, these four selections currently on display in the public reading area of the library highlight the diversity of titles in the library collection related to the understanding and prevention of diabetes. Please feel free to visit the library to review these or any other items of interest in the library and archives collections.  For more details or additional collection information, click on the Search Catalog link located in the pull-down menu of the library tab on the Heard website.

Native American : food is medicine
King, Marietta
Fargo, N.D. : McCleery & Sons Pub., c2002
Heard call number TX715 .K515 2002

Hummingbird’s squash
Lofton, Terry
[Atlanta, Georgia] : Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Diabetes Translation, Native Diabetes Wellness Program, [2013?]
Heard call number PS3612.O385 H8 2013

Using our wit and wisdom to live well with diabetes
Mora, Barbara
[Rockville, Md.] : U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service ; [Atlanta, Ga.] : Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [2008]
Heard call number RA645.D5 M67 2008

Medicine ways : disease, health, and survival among Native Americans
Trafzer, Clifford E. and Diane Weiner, editors
Special Diabetes Program for Indians (U.S.)
Walnut Creek, CA : AltaMira Press, c2001
Heard call number E98.M4 M43 2001

Below is the February 2016 Library Noticias insert – regrettably February Noticias did not come out this year – Shaliyah

*Billie Jane Baguley Library and Archives Collection Spotlight for February 2016*

The relations between African Americans and Native Americans throughout the history of the United States are as complex as they are compelling.  As we celebrate Black History Month, February is an appropriate time to examine this intricate history.  Currently on display in the public reading area of the library, these four selections describe the interconnections between these different cultures through language, literature and narratives.  Please feel free to visit the library to review these or any other items of interest in the library and archives collections.  For more details or additional collection information, click on the Search Catalog link located in the pull-down menu of the library tab on the Heard website.

Where Brer Rabbit meets Coyote : African-Native American literature
Brennan, Jonathan, editor
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2003
Heard call number PS153.I52 W46 2003

Africans and Native Americans : the language of race and the evolution of Red-Black peoples
Forbes, Jack D.
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 1993
Heard call number E59.M66 F67 1993

Proudly red and black : stories of African and Native Americans
Katz, William Loren
New York : Atheneum ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, c1993
Heard call number E98.R28 K38 1993

Crossing waters, crossing worlds : the African diaspora in Indian country
Miles, Tiya and Sharon Patricia Holland, editors
Durham : Duke University Press, 2006
Heard call number E98.R28 C76 2006


From Lynn Bullock’s Desk……


This past week Frida left us to return to Mexico. While she was here, Books & More sold more than $57,000 worth of merchandise! Thank you, Frida!

Now we’re looking forward to the opening of Fred Harvey, be sure to stop on in to check out the new merchandise inspired by the new exhibit!

Thank you for all you do.


From Sue Snyder’s Desk….

The Education Council met for the last time this year on Wednesday, March 16 at 12:30.  There were three main items on our agenda and they were:

  1. Overview of construction and how it reflects on our tours-Shaliyah Ben
  2. Review of Peer Review Task Force-Jack Brock and Frank Koerner
  3. Discussion of Task Force for Speakers Bureau- Sue Snyder

Shaliyah Ben gave an overview of the closing of We Are, Every Picture and Las Favorites de Frida.  All three galleries either are closed or will be in a matter of days.  Highlight Tours of course will be impacted and Shaliyah suggested that guides arrive a few minutes before their tours to check and see what is changed and what the possible alternate plans might be.  She will keep us informed as to problem areas as she is aware of them.  Her suggestions included that we will still have Personal Journeys, Boarding School (may have to enter from the back door at some point in time), Houser, Gifted, and Fred Harvey (which has been changed to the Lovena Ohl  gallery in place of Frida/Favorites and opens April 9).  She also suggested that the History of the Heard/Heard family could be covered more than is currently done.  Sculpture tours are a possibility at certain times (before it gets too hot).  A new label copy that includes some of the new pieces of sculpture will be sent to LG shortly.  Mainly we will have to use the flexible word regularly and know that all of this disruption will lead us to wonderful improvements in our beloved Heard.

The second discussion involved the year- long work done by Jack Brock, Frank Koerner and myself to strengthen our Peer Review process.  Jan Lathrop and Joan Jasso have been instrumental in this process using their four years of experience working with this system. We worked together with Judith Dobbs, Marilyn Brooks, Sheila Mehlem and Jaclyn Roessel.  It was decided:

  1. New LG guides will be reviewed at the end of their first year of touring by Jaclyn and Shaliyah.
  2. A core group of 10 reviewers will be selected and trained by the Education Dept and Ed Coordinator.  We will start with 5 next year and choose 5 more the following year.  Each group will serve for 2 years.
  3. If the first review is successful, the guide will be reviewed at the 3 year mark and then after that at 5 year levels. Veteran guides who have had successful reviews will be changed to the 5 year schedule.

We will start this process in September 2016.

Likewise, Speakers Bureau has undergone a review due to changes in our ability to service this program.  The Task Force led by Mary Endorf and myself, has decided to suspend the Bureau as of June 1.  The program has undergone changes because of outdated programs, lack of volunteers and a general lack of focus as to the purpose as it regards the Heard.  I thank Dorothy Sullivan, Frank Koerner, and John Nuerenberg for their hard work with this program.  Any engagements scheduled from now until June 1 will be honored.  If you have a thumb drive and will not be using it any longer, please put it in my file in the Guild Room in an envelope with your name on it.

The other issue that I wish to address is the importance of logging in of our hours as the time for that ends on March 31.  This not only gives you credit for the hours that you have put in and the awards that are given at the end of the year Luncheon/ Dinner which will be held on May 5 this year.  It also is used by the Heard to fund grants based on the number of volunteer hours that are given by all of us.  It takes just a few minutes to do this. Please be sure that you do this in the next week or so.

Sue Snyder
Education Coordinator


From Shaliyah’s Desk….

Hello Las Guias,

Click here for the Las Guias Touring Assignment Request Form for 2016-2017. Each year Evie Smith tirelessly manages the tedious task of organizing and sorting all requests for touring assignments. Please honor her time by thoughtfully planning your tour dates to dates and times that you feel you can manage and honor throughout the touring season. We had a higher than normal rate of change this year in touring assignments, switching days at the last minute, shifts, etc. Please also remember that this is also a “first come first served” deal so the sooner you send in your request to Evie the higher the probability it is you will get a date and time that works for you!

This next First Friday will be a really great one and certainly one not to miss since it will run in conjunction with the Student Art Opening! First Friday at the Heard runs 6 pm to 10 pm, the Student Art Opening will open to the public at 8 pm with the Members Opening taking place at 5:30 pm.

Fred Harvey will open on April 9 to the public with a talk by Stephen Fried at 1:30 pm that day in Monte Vista. This will be in the Lovena Ohl Gallery. Walk-throughs for Fred Harvey will take place at 9:30 am and 1:30 pm on Friday, April 8.

Please be aware that both Confluence and Every Picture Tells a Story will remain open through April 17 with a closing date of April 18. After this date both South Galleries, Ullman, and Lincoln Galleries will not be accessible and closed for construction. The flow for Highlights tours will not be obstructed as the stairs from the central courtyard leading to Boarding School will remain open and at least one doorway at a time will remain open through Sandra Day O’Connor Gallery.

Both Jaclyn and I want to remind everyone that email lists such as this that Noticias is sent on and others where Las Guias related business is sent to also includes individuals on museum staff in administration; it is not solely a volunteer list serve. If anyone should ever have questions or concerns these issues should be directed to Education Staff rather than broadcasted to the entire volunteer auxiliary and museum administration. We hope that this platform for communication can and will create a positive work environment for all!

Here is contact information for both Jaclyn and myself:

Jaclyn Roessel

Shaliyah Ben

We both want to remind everyone that the changes on the museum floor are “in real time”. We are also learning to become more and more flexible in that the plan and what we see on the museum floor has changed and will continue to change frequently as we are opening new galleries and working on the Grand Gallery. We will do our best to update you as frequent as possible to any major changes.

Thank you all very much for what you do and Happy Touring!




*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

Every Picture Tells a StoryThrough April 18th 2016

Confluence – Through April 18th, 2016

Remembering Our Boarding School Days – long term

Around the World – long-term

“Gifted!” – Recent Additions to the Heard Collection” – Through May 1st 2016

“Spirit Lines: Helen Hardin Etchings” – through May 2nd 2016

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

“Houser/Haozous Family: Celebrating a Century” – through April 3, 2015