Archived: Re: Autry Response to Coalition Claim of Museum Closure published Jan. 7.

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The Southwest Museum recently moved its museum store over to the Autry in Griffith Park in order to make room for the conservation of the Southwest Museum’s extensive collection, primarily for the beaded items that will be featured in a future exhibition.

The Southwest Museum will be open one Saturday a month with public programming. January 23 will feature a fascinating lecture called “Surprising Discoveries Inside the Braun Library”. February 27 will feature a behind-the-scenes tour and March 20 will feature “A View from the Braun” lecture with Paul Apodaca speaking about Archaeo-astronomy.

We will also continue to participate in the May community events: Museums of the Arroyo and Lummis Day. Plus, we hope to start a Native American Book Club in the summer.

Also, regarding the state funding for the tunnel repairs, I would like to clarify that this project is postponed and not canceled. The State of California, through the California Cultural and Historic Endowment (CCHE) Round 3 program, awarded the Autry a $162,000 grant toward the $324,000 tunnel waterproofing project. Due to the current economic climate the Autry was unable to raise the matching funds needed to move forward with the project at this time. We then had to notify CCHE of this. No funds were ever received from the program so there were no funds to return.

Yadhira De Leon is a Sr. Manager, Public Relations for the Autry National Center

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