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Cave Creek Museum Seeks Volunteers for Summer

Staff Report~ 5/14/2014

As the season winds down for Cave Creek Museum, people of all ages are invited to view Museum exhibits through May 31 and consider volunteering over the summer to prepare new exhibits and assist with preservation efforts.

Located at 6140 Skyline Drive, the Museum features an extensive collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts that describe the lives of Native Americans, miners, ranchers and pioneers. Through May 31, the museum hours are Wed., Thurs., Sat. and Sun. from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Fri. from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Entrance fees are $5 for adults; $3 for seniors; and $2 for students. Children 12 and under are free. Highlights of this current season’s exhibits include a Paolo Soleri exhibit, a “Spur Cross – Then and Now” exhibit, and an “Assayer’s Office” exhibit. The Museum also features several outside exhibits, including the historic Golden Reef Stamp Mill, which is the only operational 10-Stamp Mill in the state.

Evelyn Johnson, Cave Creek Museum’s executive director, said that during the summer months, the Museum is very busy behind the scenes preparing for the new season.

"In some ways, we're like an ant colony, bustling with activity," Johnson said. "Throughout the summer, there is a constant migration of things going off exhibit and wonderful old treasures coming out of our exhibit room for public display. Each day brings new progress and we couldn't do it without the help of our dedicated volunteers."

The Museum is seeking volunteers of all ages for a variety of positions, including docents and special project-based positions. Experience is not necessary, though a background in public speaking, education, hospitality, retail and merchandising, construction, and digital media will be helpful. Docent training orientations for volunteers are being planned.

While volunteers are needed now to build new exhibits, the Museum is in need of volunteers throughout the season for two very large ongoing projects: Digitizing more than 20,000 documents and work to operate the historic Golden Reef Stamp Mill, Cave Creek’s original Stamp Mill which dates back to 1880.

Last summer, Dallin Reese, 18, of north Scottsdale, volunteered over two weekends at Cave Creek Museum to scan historical photos and documents as part of the Museum’s efforts to digitally preserve history. His efforts helped him earn an Eagle Scout merit badge for his Boy Scout Council Troop Varsity 9540.

"It was a pleasure to assist the Cave Creek Museum in its endeavor to build digital files of historical information. I am grateful for the opportunity they gave me to complete my Eagle Scout project while learning about interesting and colorful local history,” Reese said.

Johnson said Reese’s help was invaluable. “He was so passionate about history and he even brought his own scanner and computer so that his father and brother also could assist us,” she said.

Johnson emphasized that there is no minimum requirement of time to volunteer. “We appreciate all volunteers, whether they can devote time on a weekly basis or over a few weekends like Dallin did,” she said.

For more details or to volunteer, call (480) 488-2764, or visit www.cavecreekmuseum.org.