For the past year and a half I have had the opportunity to run the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum. It has been an amazing position, and I have enjoyed my time with the City of Mesquite.

I’ve seen the position as a stewardship, it’s been my responsibility to share and protect the history of the Virgin Valley. We’ve kept things moving with monthly activities. Personally I will never forget when Rebel the goat visited the back garden.  Also our rotating displays have always been so fascinating to put together the “Getting There” which was all about the different roadways in southern Nevada was so interesting because I was able to research more about the I15 pass through the Gorge, I’ve always found that stretch of road fascinating.MLN-Marlermar19-15

We branched out into the online world becoming accessible through our online catalog, and having an active presence on social media sites like Facebook. Also the local news sources have always been so supportive about getting the word out about different events and activities at the Museum.

All of these wonderful things wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the museum part time staff, the community, and the wonderful volunteers that have supported the museum’s mission.  So many community members have acted as mentors, counselors and sounding blocks for me. Thank-you! Thank-You! Thank-You! I would not have been able to do it without you.

The Virgin Valley Historical Society has been a pleasure to work with, they have answered questions concerning valley history and if the Historical Society didn’t know they knew who I should contact. Their concern and love for the Virgin Valley is present in everything they do, and I’m so grateful the new Coordinator has such a wonderful group to work with and turn to for support.

While I won’t be a resident of Mesquite any more I will be back to visit family and friends. There are a lot of great events that happen here so I’ll have plenty of reasons to head back to Mesquite when the weather gets cold up in Utah.

This has been a very difficult decision for me to make, there is so much I love about our heritage and city and will miss being able to be here and being a part of such a wonderful community. I’m leaving the museum in good hands.

If you caught the recent Mesquite Local News Article “Heritage Handed up?” You will have already learned a little bit about our new coordinator Elspeth Kuta. It really is unique experience for me to be training my Mum. I get a lot of my curiosity and work ethic from her and I know she is going to some wonderful things here at the Museum and also one more reason for me to come back and visit.

Once again, I want to voice my gratitude for all the help and support the Museum has received while I’ve been here. This has been a wonderful opportunity and I wish the best for the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum and our wonderful community.