Wednesday, June 10, 2009


While I was at Bead and Button, I spoke with some ladies from the Bead Museum in Glendale, Arizona.  Apparently, the Museum has been in financial straits for quite a while.  Due to a bad economy, declining donations, and the failure by the former director to apply for funding for this year, the Museum is in real trouble.  I understand that they have mitigated some of their financial issues in the short term, but need continuing support to remain open.
The museum was founded in 1984 in Glendale and houses a collection of more than 100,000 beads and changing exhibits.  I've actually been lucky enough to visit there and I can say that it is a resource that would be sad to lose.  Where else can you see a 40,000 year old bead?  They have an exhibit that tells the story of beads dating from the dawn of time to the present that I found really compelling.  It's fascinating how little the urge to make and adorn one's self with wearable art has changed in thousands of years. 
It's hard to ask for money right now, but if you live in the Phoenix area, visit there a lot, or just really love beads and the stories that they tell about the history of humankind, please consider sending a little money their way.  To donate or visit their website, here.

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