Prior posts documented how the AHS slammed the doors in the faces of Arizona students scheduled for mineral museum field trips. This unscheduled closure was purportedly necessary to accommodate construction of the 5C Arizona Centennial Museum. In fact, there was never any money to begin construction of that museum.
The pie in the sky centennial museum plan then morphed into the even more bizarre Arizona Experience Museum which was to show that “history is about the future”. Not surprisingly, it also failed.
Next, as documented by the July 7, 2014 blog post, the AHS proposed having the 48 Women Group raise 10 million dollars to convert he building into a “public center” (cocktail bar for lobbyists?). Apparently, that was also a seriously flawed plan that flopped.
The AHS however, does not quit after three strikes. More goofball plans are in the works, as evidenced by the following:
The Arizona Historical Society shall submit a joint reportwith the Arizona Department of Administration to theJoint Legislative Budget Committee on the options for useof the now vacant Mining and Mineral Museum at 1502W. Washington Street. The options may include, but arenot limited to, reopening the space as a museum,converting the space into offices, or sale of the facility.The report shall address the costs of each option. Thereport shall also include both Arizona Historical Society’sand the department’s recommended option. The report isdue on or before November 28, 2014.Footnote, page 215, Arizona FY1015 Baseline Budget
So, over a half dozen plans for the building may eventually emerge. They appear to have one basic assumption in common:
ANYTHING, absolutely anything, but a mineral museum.
The mineral museum was the children’s museum. Why can’t they have it back?