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Editorial: History told through GC museum collection
Patrick Whitehurst/WGCN
A number of artifacts can be found at the museum collection housed within the Grand Canyon National Park.
Patrick Whitehurst/WGCN
A number of artifacts can be found at the museum collection housed within the Grand Canyon National Park.

When it comes to the Grand Canyon National Park, part of the allure of the place comes in the form of its history, the myriad stories of those who came here centuries ago, or even 50 years ago, at a time when the experience was a little different than it is now. That includes explorers, those who dwelled in the area and even animals who once called the Canyon home. While the Grand Canyon's geologic history can be told through stone, its cultural and natural history can be told through that which has been left behind. Many of these items can be found at the Grand Canyon Museum Collection, which offers roughly one million unique items found or related to the Grand Canyon. This includes art, historic photographs, archeological finds, biology, ethnology, and much more.

While not a museum, the collection is open to the public and is a treasure trove for researchers interested in the stories of the Grand Canyon. Appointments are strongly encouraged for those who wish to view the marvelous collection found there.

Plans are under way, however, for a permanent art museum at the Grand Canyon that would house art from the museum collection. While not a sprawling collection, the museum art boasts a number of famed painters including Gunnar Widforss, Thomas Moran and more. With representatives of the Grand Canyon Association, officials with the National Park Service began the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art in 2009, an event designed to create a permanent place at the South Rim for the public to view both contemporary and historic Grand Canyon art. This year's celebration is slated for Sept. 11 through Nov. 28 and will include over 30 artists from around the country in a Plein Air competition to be held at various location throughout the national park.

Located across from the Albright Training Center, the museum is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are recommended for anyone who wishes to view the collection. To schedule one, call (928) 638-7769. More information on the museum collection can also be found online at http://www.nps.gov/archive/grca/photos/museum.htm.




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