Hi-Desert Nature Museum 50th Anniversary

Museums Do Matter!

Museums do matter. They are the only institutions that collect, preserve, display, interpret and educate for the public good. They are stewards of who and what we are today, and have been in the past: our shared heritage, good and bad, accomplishments and failures as humans, the treasures of a natural world that we ourselves endanger. Museums offer us an opportunity to be informed and inspired, to be enriched culturally, intellectually, emotionally. Without them we would be infinitely poorer as individuals and as a nation.  (Marjorie Schwarzer: 100 Years of Museums in America, 2006)

Evelyn Conklin, 1964 in the first Museum building at Jacob’s Park.