BRAWLEY – The Brawley City Council proclaimed October 5th through the 11th as National 4-H Week in the City of Brawley.
4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. It is a network of 540,000 members and 3,500 professionals from the nation’s 109 land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System. They support 6,000,000 young people engaged in hands-on learning activities in the areas of science, citizenship, and healthy living.
Imperial County has a number of clubs and there is a large participation of these youth in the California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta, an annual fair in Imperial County.
Jessica Brody, Grant Coordinator of the Imperial Valley Desert Museum (IVDM), just east of Ocotillo on Interstate Highway 8, gave a presentation for the Council on the progress of the activities of the museum.
The museum is now being completed with displays and artifacts from the surrounding area. Pottery and other artifacts have been donated and catalogued to be displayed in realistic scenes that portray how the native people may have lived.
The museum was built a few years ago. Much time has been invested in the cataloging of the artifacts.
In August of 2011 Strategic goals were established.
The goals were to develop a professional research, curation, and education program, to create active, dynamic programs and exhibits, focus on the voices of Native Americans past and present, and develop sustainable funding.
The current plan is to build in phases.
Phase one will focus on Native American culture, ancient Lake Cahuilla, and archaeology. The funding will come from energy mitigations.
Phase two will focus on Land of Extremes and visitor services. This phase will be funded by an IID Local Entity grant.
Phase three will focus on the power of the land and geology, which is currently not funded.
Anticipated annual visitation is expected to be 53,790 persons. This number is gathered from data derived from regional statistics of Anza Borrego State Park, BLM recreational lands, and winter visitors totaling over 3 million.
Brody said that the museum is anticipating growth after the completion of the displays.
Fabrication is now being done on displays and installation begins December, 2014, and the museum will close for the process.
The Imperial Valley Desert Museum will be open for visitors in spring of 2015.