Another history asset gone

Written by Burl on July 1st, 2012

I’m not real happy with the National Park Service right now. The NPS has shut down the research and archive library at what used to be known as the Arizona Memorial Visitor Center. It was a terrific resource for historians; I used it myself several times. But no more. Everything’s been boxed up and disposed of. Adding insult to injury, the library’s expensive solid-oak bookshelves were simply dumpstered. We could have really used them at the Ford Island museum! I would have thought that taxpayer-funded property went through a more reasonable disposal process. The whole thing is just weird. Museums and historical centers exist as repositories of knowledge and cultural heritage and to simply trash a collection built up over four decades is bizarre. And sad.

 

8 Comments so far ↓

  1. vonmerpf says:

    Whiskey tango foxtrot! That is extremely strange that they would just dispose of everything. You’d think they would at least transfer the materials to another library. I know they are redesigning the Arizona Visitor Center, but was there really no room for this? Wouldn’t be as much room for the gift shop I guess… sigh.

  2. ken says:

    Wait didn’t they do once before in the past? I recall them chucking out all the built up display models into a locker and throwing the locker out and by the grace of pure luck they where found before ending up in the land fill. WTF??

  3. Barbara Ford says:

    Maybe this is a result of hope and change? No hope and a lot of change. It is unbelievable that these resources could just be eliminated.

  4. chuckjon says:

    Burl, you should have seen what they threw out at Bellows

  5. Kyle says:

    As a daughter of a Pearl Harbor Survivor, and a District Director of the Sons & Daughters of the Pearl Harbor Survivors, I am speechless! What makes it worse is that as of the end of last year, when the Pearl Harbor Survivor Assoc closed their last chapter, they turned a LARGE, I mean LARGE amount of monies over to the Parks Dept! What a slap in the face!

  6. Bette Sue Carpenter Rowe says:

    I am very very unhappy this would be permitted—I am vp of the Indianapolis SDPH Bette Sue Carpenter Rowe

  7. Lois Heineken says:

    As a daughter of a Pearl Harbor Survivor, and a District Director of the Sons & Daughters of the Pearl Harbor Survivors, I am speechless! I can’t believe they would do this to the Pearl Harbor Survivors. This is a big slap in the face!

  8. Burl says:

    See the update on the site above, and the situation isn’t quite as dire as imagined. The collection is being squeezed by a lack of space and so in the meantime, it’s packed away. However, when space is completed, it still won’t be all that easy for researchers and scholars — or anyone — to access it.

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