Desert Museum Vignettes - An Introduction — 'The Desert Museum is devoted to life, to the interpretation of living forms, to the conservation of life.' — William H. 卡尔  — The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM) values its history and has demonstrated this through a long term commitment to conducting oral interviews to chronicle ASDM history.

Tucson Mountain House
Tucson Mountain House
比尔 卡尔 and 比尔 Woodin
比尔 卡尔 & 比尔 Woodin
亚瑟 Pack and 比尔 卡尔
亚瑟 Pack & 比尔 卡尔 in the early 60s

Initiated by William ‘比尔’ H. 卡尔, museum co-founder and first director, interviews were first taped by Francis Colley in 1971. This tradition continued under the 赞助商hip of the Weatherhead Foundation in 1976 with additional interviews conducted by Margaret Gerow. This interview tradition was reinforced by Peggy Larson, ASDM Archivist and Librarian, in preparation for the fiftieth anniversary of the museum in 2002. The tradition continues 今天 with interviews and transcriptions by Peggy Larson and Anne. C. 华纳.

到目前为止, over seventy-five interviews have been conducted of museum board members, 赞助商, volunteers, 和工作人员. The intent is to capture the memories of those whose lives have had an impact on and been impacted by their affiliation with ASDM, whether it be the voices of founders or those of early student workers who went from laying out museum foot paths to teaching conservation students of their own — or perhaps those of long time members who understand the importance of supporting an institution with a mission unique to the Sonoran Desert region.

ASDM hopes that viewers will learn more about the Desert Museum as an institution through this series of vignettes which contains ‘snapshots’ of Oral 历史 interviewees. The vignettes are intended to capture the memories of ‘contributors’ and also the visions of these ‘contributors’ as the museum looks towards its 100th anniversary.

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ASDM's Oral 历史 vignettes are written and produced by Anne C. 华纳, long-time ASDM volunteer.

For further information about ASDM's Oral 历史 Project, 联系 Peggy Larson at

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