The grand opening/open house of the new Pipe Spring National Monument – Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians Museum Collection Storage facility, is scheduled for this Saturday, May 22, at 10 a.m. (Arizona time). Superintendent John Hiscock of Pipe Spring National Monument and Tribal Chairman Timothy Rogers of the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians welcome and encourage everyone to come.

The partnership facility was built to re-house the stored museum collections of the monument, and to be available to the Tribe for storage of all types of collections, including tribal archives.

The celebration will include drumming and singing by Kaibab Paiute’s Wolf Spring Singers, speakers from the National Park Service (NPS) and the Kaibab Band, tours of the new facility, refreshments, and viewings of the new Pipe Spring National Monument – Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians visitor center film, “Encounter on the High Desert.”

In conjunction with the celebration, Hiscock has designated May 22, 2010, as a fee free day at Pipe Spring National Monument. The public attending the celebration are also invited to visit the monument and see the newly remodeled theater room in the partnership visitor center where “Encounter on the High Desert” will also be shown.

The state-of-the-art museum collections storage facility has separate storage repository rooms for NPS and tribal collections, a curatorial work-space, a research and viewing room, and offices. Some of the Pipe Spring National Monument 45,000 item collection is on display in the visitor center/museum and Winsor Castle. All items not on display will be housed in the new facility.

The monument collection consists of archives, archeological items, ethnological items, and many Mormon pioneer material culture items, donated in past years by pioneer descendants throughout southern Utah and northern Arizona.

The facility also provides numerous opportunities for the Kaibab Band in protecting tribal cultural and natural history items and tribal archives.

Hiscock explains, this is the best opportunity for the public to visit, see, and understand the function of the new facility prior to collections actually being moved into the building.

Once collections are moved into the secure and environmentally-controlled building this summer, public access will be tightly scheduled and controlled to protect the collections. Individual research or viewings can be arranged, but tours will only be given on a much more limited basis.

The film, “Encounter on the High Desert,” a 30 minute historical documentary on the story of Pipe Spring was recently completed by the National Park Service with cooperation from the Kaibab Band.

Local interviewees include Vivienne Jake, Gevene Savala, Lex Chamberlain, Glendora Homer, Janet Seegmiller, Angelita Bulletts, Benn Pikyavit and historian John Alton Peterson.

Come out and join in the celebration.