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Credentials and Awards

Governor's Award in Public Archaeology

The Governor's Archaeology Advisory Commission (Commission) is a statutory board that advises the State Historic Preservation Officer on issues of relevance to Arizona archaeology. Each year the Commission recognizes individuals and/or programs that have contributed time and energy to promoting the protection and preservation of, and education about, Arizona's non-renewable archaeological resources. These “Awards in Public Archaeology” are presented to individuals, organizations, and/or programs that have significantly contributed to the protection and preservation of, and education about, Arizona's non-renewable archaeological resources.

The Verde Valley Archaeology Center received the 2014 Governor’s Award in the Non-profit category. The Center was recognized for its work in artifact preservation, site preservation with the Archaeology Conservancy and for providing support for volunteer efforts and public education programming that aids in the preservation of Arizona’s heritage resources. Read the nomination HERE(6.82MB PDF).

The Center’s Director of Archaeology, Dr. Todd Bostwick said “This is a very significant award within the archaeological community that recognizes the amazing efforts of the Center in its short three-year history.”

Conservation Assessment

The Center's Collections Management Policy provides the policies and procedures that govern acquisition, care, management, preservation, use, and disposition of the Center’s collections.  In 2014, the Center received a grant from the National Institute for Conservation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services to conduct a Conservation Assessment of our facilities, policies and practices in the conservation of artifacts and museum management. Dr. Nancy Odegaard was contracted to conduct this assessment. Dr. Odegaard is lead conservator and head of the preservation division at Arizona State Museum in Tucson. The Final Report was received on September 1. Dr. Odegaard noted that the “professionalism in the activities of the museum staff is very evident." The report concluded that the Center “is well qualified to be an archaeological collections repository for Federal, State, Town or private collections in Arizona.

Grants Received/h4>

2016 -- Grant from the Arizona Community Foundation Boynton Canyon Preservation Fund for protection of sites within Boynton Canyon.

2016 -- Grants from the Kling Family Foundation in support of the administrative activities of the Center

2015 -- A Museums for America Grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services for conservation supplies

2015 -- Grant from the Arizona Humanities Council in support of the Return of the Camp Verde Meteorite exhibit

2015 -- Grant from the Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County and the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona to support the Verde Valley Site Watch program

2015 -- Grants from the Kling Family Foundation in support of the administrative activities of the Center

2014 -- Grant from the Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County for the printing of our Kids Guide to Archaeology and for the Stories of Ancient Arizona for distribution in our Children's Archaeology Discovery Area

2014 -- Grant from the National Institute for Conservation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services to conduct a Conservation Assessment

2012 -- Grant, in cooperation with the Hopi Tribe, from the National Film Preservation Foundation for the production of preservation copies of 16mm films made in 1956 of the Billingsley Hopi Dancers entitled Lost Dances of the Hopi Cliff Dwellers

Center Receives Tourism Champion Award

For 29 years, the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce and the Verde Independent newspaper have honored citizens and organizations who continually raise the bar on improving the quality of life in the Verde Valley. These annual awards are known as the Verde Valley Community Champions.

Awards are presented in a variety of categories. The 2015 Tourism Champion award was a tie between the Clarkdale Copper Museum and the Verde Valley Archaeology Center. We are very pleased to have received this award as it is a recognition by the Verde Valley community that our efforts in preservation is appreciated and shared. This is a group award that is shared by all of our dedicated volunteers!

Center Receives Gold GuideStar Exchange Seal

The Verde Valley Archaeology Center has received the Gold Seal from GuideStar, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information. The Seal demonstrates to the Center's support-base the deep commitment we have in nonprofit transparency and accountability. In order to be awarded the GuideStar Exchange Seal, the Center had to fill out every required field of our report page on www.guidestar.org. Click on the seal to the left to go to our reports.