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IVC Desert Museum Society

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OUR MISSION IS EDUCATION 

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The Imperial Valley College Desert Museum Society is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation, which was formed as the fund-raising arm of the Imperial Valley College Desert Museum to help promote education in archaeological studies.
The museum’s mission is to provide the schools and general public with a much needed educational resource on the archaeology and prehistory of the southern California desert and mountains. There is evidence of human habitation here for thousands of years.  The museum is currently the repository for more than 9,000 artifacts gathered from over 8,800 recorded archaeological sites throughout the Imperial Valley.

Since 1992 the society has been raising funds to construct a dedicated building for Imperial Valley College to house the collection.  With the generous support of the public, grants from the California Cultural and Historical Endowment and the Desert Protective Council, and a matching-funds drive, the society has built a modern 10,000 square foot edifice on a 25 acre desert plot in Ocotillo, CA.  Today the society is lending its support to begin long awaited museum operations.    

  

IVCDMS BOARD OFFICERS:  

 

Matt Dessert, President

Helena Quintana, Vice President

Joan Gretz, Secretary

Chuck Bucher, Treasurer

 

 

IVCDMS BOARD MEMBERS:

 

Rebecca McCorkle Apple

Tom Barrington

Pat Bucher

Marian Carson

Ila Dunzweiler

Martin Fitzurka

Rick Heller

Phil Shuey

Lidia Walker

Evelyn Zinn

 

 

ALTERNATE BOARD MEMBERS:

 

Randy Carson

Bill Farris

Jay von Werlhof, Director Emeritus

 

 

INTERIM MUSEUM DIRECTOR:

 

Manfred Knaak

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