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Presentation at MAA 2010 by Ann-Mary Lutzick, Juliana Yoder, and Rob Spindler

Presentation at MAA 2010 by Ann-Mary Lutzick, Juliana Yoder, and Rob Spindler



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  • What is a Legacy Project, and why is the designation important? Thanks to Dr. Noel Stowe of ASU. You will be hearing more about two Legacy Projects, the Arizona Memory Project from Ann-Mary, and Why Arizona? From Rob, later in this session, as well as some museum-based examples that I will be describing. Here are some benefits of doing a Legacy Project.
  • There are currently 63 approved Legacy Projects, but there are nine more that have been recommended for approval by the Programs Committee, and are awaiting official action by AHAC. They break down into roughly five categories.
  • Almost a third of the projects are statewide, meaning they are available electronically, or they are scheduled to appear at sites around the state. The Valley has the largest number of projects, but the outlying areas are also well represented. There are currently projects in almost half of Arizona’s fifteen counties.
  • Legacy Projects can vary in size and scope, from the very small, to statewide. Regional projects expand the topics to include waterways, preservation areas and cultural entities.
  • These are the thirteen Legacy Projects I’ve identified as being conducted by museums, or they perform the role of museums, in that they make history accessible to the public.. A A complete listing of the Legacy Projects is available on the Centennial Web sites, and I’ll give you those addresses in a few minutes.
  • I will also give you more details about several of them, beginning with the Arizona State Railroad Museum in Williams.
  • ARIZONA STATE RAILROAD MUSEUM Slated for a beautiful 16-acre park in Williams, a 106,500 square-foot museum will memorialize the 76 railroads that once criss-crossed Arizona by featuring railroad engine houses and shops, interpretive exhibits, archives, an art gallery, meeting rooms, interactive computer facilities, a 500 seat auditorium and an outdoor amphitheatre. IMAGE: the architectural rendering of the campus
  • According to oral tradition, the Hohokam may be the ancestors of today’s Akimel O’odham and Tohono O’odham peoples of southern Arizona. During the 1,450 years the Hohokam culture existed in the Sonoran desert (from 1 A. D. to 1450), they occupied many settlements in the Gila and Salt River valleys of southern Arizona.They built rectangular pit houses from earth, and lived in small villages. Although the Hohokam relied a great deal on hunting and gathering, they also were skilled farmers and excellent engineers, who left a complex network of irrigation canals. The Arizona Museum of National History has been sponsoring the ongoing excavation of the ruins. Photos and text thanks to George and Audrey DeLange, who conduct Arizona travels and tours.
  • A unique comprehensive list of Arizona’s museums, including photographs, histories, descriptions, and location information.
  • Canalscape seeks to preserve the canal system in the Phoenix area. This project, headed by Dr. Nan Ellin of ASU. also proposes building projects where some major streets intersect with the canals. Here is an example: the top photograph is of the canal at 16 th Street and Indian School. The image below is a rendering of what could be developed at that location.
  • These are the six, simple criteria for Legacy Projects.
  • This is the application cover page. Attach a maximum of three pages, not including letters of support. Follow the seven steps as noted.
  • This is how Legacy Project status is conferred. Designees can use the official logo in their publicity, as well as statements that their project has been designated as one of the select Centennial Legacy Projects. The funding mentioned comes from the sale of Arizona Quarter souvenir folios and is provided in amounts of $750 to $1,500, depending upon the size of the project.
  • These are the official Web sites, and lists of the Legacy Projects and applications are included on both.
  • Thanks to Karen Churchard and the State Library for liberal borrowing from their PowerPoint presentations. Thanks also to Patti Hartmann of the U of A Press, and Jane Eppinga, for their contributions of information and photos. This is my contact information, if I can be of help to you. Good luck with your projects, and thank you for your attention.
  • First, a bit about AHC for those of you who might be unfamiliar.
  • Collaborative project with the Arizona State Library may be a Literary Map of Arizona Google “A Literary Map of Maine” for an example Map would be published online in 2011, and include titles with Arizona settings and/or by Arizona authors
  • Project Grants are competitive awards for innovative, community-based projects and partnerships that connect Arizonans to humanities scholarship through public programming. Eligible applicants include nonprofit (501c3) organizations; local, tribal, and state governments; and academic institutions. Applicants may request up to $5,000, which must be matched by in-kind contributions. An additional amount up to $5,000 may be requested if matched by third-party cash contributions, which must be in place at the time of application to AHC. Applicants must submit an Intent to Apply before submitting a Project Grant application.
  • Here are some examples of recently-funded types of projects your museums and communities could develop, with the caveat that they explore Arizona history in the context of statehood and/or address the meaning of statehood.
  • Community Book Discussions offers a variety of titles for discussions moderated by humanities scholars, and pays them directly. The program operates like the speaker bureau, in that host organizations select the titles, schedule the moderators, provide the venue, and generate an audience.
  • Community Book Discussions offers a variety of titles for discussions moderated by humanities scholars, and pays them directly. The program operates like the speaker bureau, in that host organizations select the titles, schedule the moderators, provide the venue, and generate an audience.
  • I’ve put AHC’s website up here because the different programs are coordinated by different staff members, although I can say that Rex here coordinates the speakers bureau and book discussion programs, and Erica Kinias coordinates the grant program.

Connecting Your Communities to Arizona's 2012 Centennial Connecting Your Communities to Arizona's 2012 Centennial Presentation Transcript

  • Connecting Your Communities to Arizona’s 2012 Centennial
    • Museum Association of Arizona
    • Annual Conference, Sedona
    • Thursday, June 3, 2010
    • 3:45 to 5:15 PM
    • To be part of the state’s commemoration in 2012.
    • To highlight your community’s history.
    • To involve people with your museum.
    • To increase publicity for your project.
    • To attract funding.
    • To build on the past and create for the future.
  • Centennial Legacy Projects By Category
  • Geographical Distribution of Centennial Legacy Projects
    • Apache 1
    • Coconino 6
    • Cochise 3
    • Maricopa 25
    • Pima 5
    • Pinal 3
    • Yavapai 1
    • Statewide 19
    • Community based
    • Local partners
    • Residents participation
    • Can be heritage areas
    • Include natural resources
    • Involve partners from various locales
    • Electronic or Web based
    • Multiple venues
    • Publications
    • Emphasis on cultural heritage of Arizona as part of the 76 railroads that serve the entire state.
    • Interpretive and static displays will feature engines, shops and works of art.
    • Scheduled to open in 2010.
    • Mesa Grande is a prehistoric Hohokam platform mound owned and preserved by the City of Mesa through the Arizona Museum of National History.
    • The Centennial Legacy Program will be the first phase of the project, to include trails, interpretive modules and kiosks with shelters.
    • Phase one will allow the site to be open to the public.
  • ARIZONA’S MUSEUMS: A Journey Into Arizona’s Memory University of Arizona Press
    • A comprehensive list of Arizona’s museums, including photos and location information.
    • Text by Jane Eppinga.
    • More info at her blog
    • To be published in spring 2012.
    A display at the Marty Robbins Museum in Willcox. Photo courtesy of the Museum.
  • CANALSCAPE Preservation and improvement of the municipal canal system in Phoenix with potential urban hubs where streets intersect canals
    • To be considered for AHAC’s Centennial
    • Legacy Project Designation, your project must:
    • Accurately portray a significant aspect of Arizona history.
    • Be accessible to large number of visitors/users.
    • Demonstrate collaboration in the planning.
    • Produce an enduring product that will live
    • on after 2012.
    • 5) Include an educational component.
    • 6) Include a plan for implementation.
    • Complete Legacy Project three-page application.
    • Submit to AHAC address at bottom of form.
    • AHAC staff distributes to Programs Committee.
    • Programs Committee meets monthly.
    • Recommendations for approval or other options submitted to AHAC for action and notification.
    • Small amounts of funding may be available from AHAC.
  • AHAC CENTENNIAL PROGRAMS COMMITTEE Linda Arzoumanian Superintendent, Pima County Schools Robert Booker Executive Director, AZ Commission on the Arts William Collins Deputy, State Historic Preservation Office Historian Celestino Fern ández Professor of Sociology, U of A Carrie Gustavson Director, Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum Dave Howell VP, Wells Fargo Bank Michel Sarda Director, Arts Renaissance Initiative Laura Stone LSTA Consultant, Arizona State Library Anne Woosley Director, Arizona Historical Society Sharon Yazzie Apache County District #1 Juliana Yoder, Chair
    • Arizona Historical Advisory Commission (AHAC)
    • Arizona Centennial Commission (ACC)
  • JULIANA YODER Chair, AHAC Programs Committee [email_address] 602/234-0164
  • ARIZONA MEMORY PROJECT Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records Richard Prouty [email_address] 602-926-3367
  • The Arizona Memory Project provides online access to primary source material from any cultural institution in Arizona that wants to make their digital holdings available to the public. The first step is to submit an application and sample digital files to AMP staff.
    • The Arizona Memory Project:
    • Provides free software, training, and technical support to contributing institutions.
    • Requires 25 digital objects, with at least 300 DPI, for which your institution has copyright permission.
    • Objects can include photos, newspapers, maps, government documents, and oral histories.
    • Also provides ongoing statistics to contributing institutions (collections average 250-300 hits per month).
  • The Arizona Memory Project has an Arizona Centennial Legacy Project designation from the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission. Contributing institutions also receive an Arizona Centennial Legacy Project designation, and use of the logo on their websites, for their participation in the AMP.
    • Why Arizona?
    • An Arizona Centennial Digital Library
    • Rob Spindler
    • Co-Project Director
    • Arizona State University Libraries
    • [email_address]
    • Project Origins (2008):
    • Centennial is opportunity to build constituency & community
    • University special collections:
      • Have content needed for Legacy projects
      • Past success in technical collaboration via AAO
      • Need support for large scale digitization
    • Project Origins:
    • Migration topic is well documented in university special collections
      • Employment
      • Religious freedom
      • Ethnic community building
      • Recreation
    • Implementation:
      • Concerns regarding scale & costs
      • LSTA Planning Grant $58,347 (May 2008)
        • Student/historian teams for selection
        • Website construction
        • Seven public meetings
        • 289 items loaded to Arizona Memory Project
        • Educational consultant re: Arizona Social Studies Curriculum Standards
    • Implementation:
      • NEH - Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (Proposed July 2009 $146,825)
        • Digitize 10,000 items for Why @ Arizona Memory
        • Invite indigenous community participation
        • Upgrade website and add blog
        • Host twelve public meetings
        • Billboards and bumperstickers
        • Collaborate w/ Arizona State Museum & Becoming AZ
    • Implementation:
      • NEH – Declined but encouraged, concerns:
        • Migration may not be appropriate theme for AZ
        • Scanning standards
        • Pedagogical aspects an “afterthought”
        • Absence of Arizona Historical Society
        • Sustainability regarding storage costs
        • Absence of LSTA project results
    • Status:
      • NEH HCRR Proposal July, 2010 (in progress)
        • July 2011-December 2012
        • De-emphasize migration theme/changed title
        • Announcement/rollout on Statehood Day
        • UA/Arizona Historical Society collaboration (tentative)
        • Teacher’s search page linking to AZ curriculum stds.
        • Universities to absorb storage costs
    • How can You participate in Why?
      • Publicize & participate in public meetups/blogs
      • Use and cite our resources in your work
      • Suggest topics or materials to digitize
      • Host migration-related events/co-market
      • Encourage participation of indigenous peoples
    • The Arizona Humanities Council
    • Ann-Mary J. Lutzick
    • State Coordinator for Museum on Main Street [email_address]
    • 928-289-8201
    • AHC is an independent non-profit and the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. (AHC is not a state agency.)
    • Since 1973, AHC has worked with museums, libraries, and other cultural and educational organizations to bring humanities programs to Arizona residents.
    • All AHC-supported activities must involve the humanities disciplines-history, literature, philosophy, and other studies that examine the human condition.
    • AHC’s Centennial offerings will include:
    • Centennial-themed Project Grants
    • Centennial-themed roster of Road Scholar talks
    • Centennial-themed roster of book discussion titles
    • Centennial-themed Arizona Humanities Month in October 2011
    • Collaborative project with the Arizona State Library
    • Other projects still in the planning stages
    • Project Grants with Centennial themes
    • are currently “especially encouraged”:
    • “ AHC is pleased to request proposals for projects which commemorate the 100 th anniversary of Arizona Statehood. AHC encourages applicants from communities across Arizona whose projects that explore, preserve, and share Arizona history in the context of statehood, as well as projects that address the meaning of statehood as Arizona moves into the next century.”
    • Some Recently Funded AHC Project Grants:
    • Arizona Historical Society in Tucson incorporates local archival materials to existing National Park Service exhibit, and creates supplemental public programs, docent trainings, and teachers' workshops.
    • Arizona Historical Society’s Pioneer Museum in Flagstaff creates multimedia exhibit What Has Passed and What Remains, utilizing oral history and including public programs, and teacher resources.
    • UofA Arizona State Museum in Tucson hosts panel discussion, book signing, and reception to support their exhibit Mexico: The Revolution and Beyond, the Casasolas Archives 1900-1940.
    • Litchfield Park Historical Society creates Celebrating 100 Year of History: The Historic Sites and Sacred Places of Litchfield Park, an oral history project culminating in short documentary film and public screening.
    • Centennial-themed roster of
    • Road Scholars speaker presentations:
    • Applications for new presentations available on AHC’s website July 1, 2010, for September 1 deadline.
    • New presentations available November 1, 2010, for speaker programs leading up to and throughout the 2012 Centennial year.
    • Go to for hosting guidelines and application.
    • Centennial-themed roster of
    • Community Book Discussion titles:
    • New title roster will be available November 1, 2010, for book discussions leading up to and throughout the Centennial year.
    • Go to for hosting guidelines and application.
    • Arizona Humanities Month (AHM)
    • All AHC-funded programs and events in October are included.
    • All programs and events featured in AHM publicity campaign, including grants, speaker presentations, and book discussions.
    • Plan now for programs and events in Octobers 2010 and 2011!
    • Arizona Humanities Month 2010
    • Lorraine W. Frank Humanities Lecture and Awards
    • Key Ingredients: American by Food begins statewide tour at Tohono O’odham Nation Cultural Center and Museum in Topawa
    • AHC-KI programming at Tucson Meet Yourself
    • Border Film Festival in Yuma
    • The LWF lecture and more will have
    • Centennial themes in October 2011!
    • Centennial Legacy Projects
    • Juliana Yoder @ [email_address]
    • Arizona Memory Project
    • Richard Prouty @ [email_address]
    • Why Arizona?
    • Rob Spindler @ [email_address]
    • Arizona Humanities Council