The San Diego Museum of Man is legendary. I knew it from the first moment I stepped foot in the door as a child wanting to be a forensic anthropologist. My belief was reaffirmed as a Museum Studies intern there, and again most recently as the Curator for Barona Cultural Center & Museum, researching artifacts for the upcoming exhibition, A Visit from Old Friends — From the Vaults of the San Diego Museum of Man. Not even in your wildest imagination can you comprehend the massive amounts of the most amazing stuff they keep behind closed doors! I feel so privileged to have spent some time with the collections; this is the reason I work in a museum and love, love, love my job — it’s so cool!

The Museum of Man houses one of the largest collections of cultural material from the Kumeyaay/Diegueño people. I am thrilled to partner with the Museum of Man and bring these rarely-seen cultural items to Barona Museum for the People and the public to enjoy. Barona Museum works diligently to preserve culture and tradition for the coming generations, and having the opportunity to show some of these never-before-seen pieces to the young Tribal Members is a wonderful thing!

It is with great pleasure that I invite everyone to see A Visit from Old Friends — From the Vaults of the San Diego Museum of Man when these treasures of cultural heritage make their debut to the public on Friday, November 9, 2012. Come see a hopper mortar, rattlesnake baskets, shell beads, a fire drill, photographs from Capitan Grande, and much more!

Barona Museum is open Tuesday – Friday from 12pm-5pm and Saturdays from 10am-4pm. Please call (619) 443-7003, ext. 219 or visit our website for more information.

Laurie Egan-Hedley

Director/Curator, Barona Cultural Center & Museum