The Interpretive Committee met o August 14 review staff
plans to change the de Mesa House exhibit -
It voted to make the following recommendations for this
meeting of the Board:
1. CHange the focus in the de Mesa house exhibit from a furnished
house museum to one that features thematic exhibits with an emphasis
on the First Spanish Period. Several rooms in the 18 room house will
continue to reflect the life style of previous owners. Other rooms
will contain exhibits devoted to particular themes associated with the
colonial period, such as weapons, Indians, pirates, and archaeology.
2. The Committee agreed to transfer the location of the ticket
window from its street location to the Gallegos complex, which it hopes
will aleviate public confusion regarding the entrance to the museum
3. The Committee approved staff recommendations to proceed with
planning to transform the de Burgo Pellicer house to a museum store
that will commence operations on July 1, 1985. This will feature
only items associated with our musuem, and emphasize reproductions
of our archaeological collections.
4. The committee agreed to keep the present method of interpretive
operation until at least September 1, 1985.
In the interim, the Committee will continue to review staff
planning for these changes and it asks that upon completion of
the plans to remodel the de Mesa exhibit that the staff turn its
attention to the Rdbera House orientation center.