MAY 7, 2014

Cave Creek Museum seeks volunteers for summer

Public can view exhibits through May 31; museum will re-open in October Bookmark and Share

dallin, parker, toddCAVE CREEK – As the season winds down for Cave Creek Museum, people of all ages are invited to view museum exhibits through May 31 and consider volunteering over the summer to prepare new exhibits and assist with preservation efforts.

Located at 6140 Skyline Drive, the Museum features an extensive collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts that describe the lives of Native Americans, miners, ranchers and pioneers. Through May 31, the museum hours are Wed., Thurs., Sat. and Sun. from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Fri. from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Entrance fees are $5 for adults; $3 for seniors; and $2 for students. Children 12 and under are free. Highlights of this current season’s exhibits include a Paolo Soleri exhibit, a “Spur Cross – Then and Now” exhibit, and an “Assayer’s Office” exhibit. The Museum also features several outside exhibits, including the historic Golden Reef Stamp Mill, which is the only operational 10-Stamp Mill in the state.

The Museum is seeking volunteers of all ages for a variety of positions, including docents and special project-based positions. Experience is not necessary, though a background in public speaking, education, hospitality, retail and merchandising, construction, and digital media will be helpful. Docent training orientations for volunteers are being planned.

While volunteers are needed now to build new exhibits, the museum is in need of volunteers throughout the season for two very large ongoing projects: Digitizing more than 20,000 documents and work to operate the historic Golden Reef Stamp Mill, Cave Creek’s original Stamp Mill which dates back to 1880.

Last summer, Dallin Reese, 18, of north Scottsdale, volunteered over two weekends at Cave Creek Museum to scan historical photos and documents as part of the Museum’s efforts to digitally preserve history. His efforts helped him earn an Eagle Scout merit badge for his Boy Scout Council Troop Varsity 9540.

Johnson emphasized that there is no minimum requirement of time to volunteer. “We appreciate all volunteers, whether they can devote time on a weekly basis or over a few weekends like Dallin did,” she said.

For more details to volunteer and to make donations call 480-488-2764, or visit

Dallin, his brother, Parker, and his father Todd Reese scanned historical photos and documents for the Museum.