• IVDM Book Club Rocky Readers - "The Way We Lived"

    Thursday, August 25, 2022
    6:00-8:00pm

    We will be inaugurating the museum's very own book club this upcoming July 28th! The books we will be reading will focus on indigenous and local history. Join IVDM Staff and featured moderator Michael Connolly Miskwish for our reading of "The Way We Lived: California Indian Stories, Songs and Reminiscences" edited by Malcolm Margolin.

    Need a copy? "The Way We Lived" is available in IVDM's Giftshop

    This summer book club will have a $10 fee for non-members and will be FREE for museum members.

    Call us at (760) 358-7016 or email us at info@ivdesermuseum.org so we can book you in!

  • Pesky Pests!

    FREE COMMUNITY EVENT

    Saturday, August 27, 2022
    7:00-10:00pm

    We are excited to announce the 2nd annual event Pesky Pests in August, co-hosted with the USDA, which focuses on local desert entomology!

  • Traditional Craft Day: Games!

    FREE COMMUNITY EVENT

    Saturday, August 20, 2022
    10:00am-4:00pm

    Put your skills to the test as IVDM hosts a variety of games reflecting the heritage of the region's many indigenous peoples. With content and games for all ages, bring your friends and family out to IVDM for a day of skill, luck, collaboration, and friendly competition.

    This event is FREE to all visitors of IVDM, with no reservations required.

  • The Imperial Valley Desert Museum is a new facility in the heart of the Yuha Desert housing Indigenous and historic artifacts found within the Imperial Valley and surrounding region. Opening a new museum in the twenty-first century, we do not want to be seen as an exhibit within four walls, but to engage and interact outside of the limitations of the "box" – both metaphorically and physically.

    OUR MISSION is to preserve, interpret, and celebrate the deserts of Southern California through outstanding collections, research, and educational programs.

    OUR VISION is to be the foremost research and educational institution devoted to the preservation, interpretation, and celebration of the deserts of Southern California.

    LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT We, the Imperial Valley Desert Museum, recognize our place on the traditional lands of the Kumeyaay who have been here, as they say, 'since the beginning', with a vibrant and rich history dating back over 10,000 years. The lands of Imperial and San Diego County include the traditional lands of many Indigenous groups composed of Quechan, Cahuilla, CoCoPah, Pai Pai, and Kumeyaay. Each of these groups are still present and active today.

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