Event Details

Location: Tucson, AZ


Cordially Invites You To Our

Thursday, November 9th
10:30 AM – Noon

This special experience will focus on TWO fantastic exhibitions that will awaken your appreciation of the treasures of the past!  Woven Through Time, the new permanent exhibit of basketry and fiber art (chosen from over 35,000 specimens) shows 400 generations of fiber weaving across North America AND The Pottery Project (chosen from over 24,000 specimens) represents one hundred generations of pottery making in the U.S. Southwest.  How do we maximize our pleasure, discovery and appreciation?  We will have TWO ASM experts as our guides! Our group will divide in half, with part of us enjoying and learning about pottery while the other half will be fascinated by basketry and fiber arts. Fortunately, because we are “half-size,” each of us will have a great view of the objects and be able to hear every word that Diane Dittemore and Andrew Higgins speak.  Only the first 20 of us to RSVP are going to be able to participate in this wonderful visit to the Arizona State Museum!  I am so exited that Diane and Andrew agreed to lead us. They are the “Best of the Best”!

Finally, when our adventure comes to an end, we will meet back in the museum lobby. BUT, this morning treat doesn’t need to come to an end!  Please join your fellow tour participants for Lunch!  We have reserved a big table at the Tucson University Park Hotel (the old Marriott) at 880 E. Second Street, just one block away.  It will be fun to share your reactions to the exhibits that we have just enjoyed (and to get to know some other folks that share your interests).

Our Wonderful Leaders:

Diane is Associate Curator of Ethnology and has been curator of the Arizona State Museum’s ethnological collections for more than 35 years. Her special research interest is southwestern basketry. She has published numerous articles on the museum’s collections in scholarly journals and popular Indian art magazines over the years, most recently the Journal of Arizona History.  She was the lead curator of Woven Through Time: American Treasures of Native Basketry and Fiber Art. We are so lucky that she will take us under her wing for this tour of HER exhibit!
Andrew Higgins is passionate about historic American Indian art. You can say it’s his life’s work. The son of local antique Indian art dealer Michael D. Higgins, Andrew has been around art and art shows since childhood!  He has been published in magazines and major journals and he is a force at our beloved Museum.  We are delighted that he agreed to lead us in the exploration of these glorious pots!
We know that you can come to the Arizona State Museum and go through the exhibits by yourself BUT, you can’t have Diane and Andrew at your disposal. This is a wonderful opportunity for us!  I am excited about this Trip and hope that you will join me!
RSVP  – (Now) –  Marianne Kaestle at yaleclub.ariz@icloud.com
Arizona State Museum (we will meet in the Lobby a little before 10:30 AM) is located on the University of Arizona campus, just inside the Main Gate (NORTH SIDE) at Park Avenue and University Boulevard in Tucson. 1013 E. University Blvd. Convenient, garage parking is available for a small fee just one block from the museum at Euclid Ave and Second St (adjacent to the “Old Marriott”).

See driving and parking directions at http://www.statemuseum.arizona.edu/visit

** Extra – Extra:  “Old Marriott” For Lunch!  If it suits your fancy, please join us for a bite to eat, after the Tour, at the Tucson University Park Hotel, 880 E. Second Street (we will walk over together – very casual, close to the front door of the Museum).  Dutch Treat – It should be fun!
KINDLY RSVP IMMEDIATELY!  (Are you hoping to come to lunch, too?  Tell Marianne!)    

Marianne Kaestle
Yale Club of Southern Arizona
Director of Communications