Cave Creek Museum
Pictured is the ‘Dirty Laundry’ exhibit at the Cave Creek Museum.

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Cave Creek Museum reopening on Oct. 1

Staff Report~ 9/24/2014

CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Museum is going to be airing their Dirty Laundry (so to speak). Dirty Laundry is just one of the new exhibits that will be featured when the museum reopens on Wednesday, Oct. 1. This exhibit will highlight washing machines of the past and how the advent of electric washers changed households. Several other new exhibits are planned, as well.

A time-honored tradition of Cave Creek, the museum is now in its 45th year of operation.

“The museum opened its doors for the time on April 1, 1970,” said Evelyn Johnson, the museum’s executive director. She has been involved with the museum for the past 17 years and has served as executive director for 10 years.

Johnson feels the museum offers a sampling of Cave Creek’s history, validating that “heritage that many small towns don’t have anymore because no one captured it.” Johnson noted that the people of Cave Creek “had foresight” when they started a historical society in 1964, which later became the Cave Creek Museum, as the museum offers a way to share the rich background of Cave Creek.

“I hear frequently from visitors: ‘Wow! and ‘This is a great little jewel,’” Johnson said.

The museum can always use volunteer help to keep sharing Cave Creek’s story.

“There’s no end to the volunteer opportunities,” Johnson noted.

Don’t want to wait until Oct. 1 to visit the museum?  Join the museum on Sept. 27 for Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day, 1-4:30 p.m., followed by a special pre-season members’ reception, 4:30-7 p.m.

The Cave Creek Museum is located at 6140 Skyline Drive, in Cave Creek. For more details, see www.cavecreekmuseum.org.