In 2017, Verde Valley Archaeology Center sought grant support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to strengthen and expand our exhibit on the prehistory and history of the Yavapai and the Apache cultures who have occupied the Verde Valley since about 2,000 B.C. This need was identified during discussionsxwith the Yavapai Culture Director and the Apache Culture Director of the Yavapai-Apache Nation.
The Center was awarded a grant of nearly $24,000 from the Museums for America program. The IMLS received 558 applications. IMLS’s peer reviewers evaluated all eligible grant applications, assessing the merit of each proposal and its fit with the goals of the grant program. IMLS staff presented this information to the IMLS Director, who then made the final funding decisions. The Center received one of only 132 projects selected to receive funding.
The grant allowed the Center to purchase two large and four small display cases for artifacts. The exhibit includes two large woven baskets on loan from the Nation and eight small woven items on loan from the Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott. There is also a diorama of a wickiup village, typical of both the early Yavapai and Apache lifestyles. In addition, the exhibit area includes two iPad Kiosks that contain information about the Nation that visitors can select and hear rather than having to read large display boards. The Kiosks also allows us to include much more detailed information that visitors may find of interest. Below is the Welcome screen for the Kiosks. If you click on the image, it will take you to the full iPad program to review at your leisure.
We hope you will come to see the exhibit and find it to be an educational experience.