If only all museums were this attentive, with knowledgeable staff willing to share (as much as your brain can hold), and enthusiastic, the world would be a better place.
I moved here as a UA Grad student (U.S. History) and can easily say that the staff at Museum of the Horse Soldier have given me a better and more thorough education than my Grad studies professors have (sad but true). These people are nothing short of amazing.
First, the museum is full of original and authentic items. These are the real pieces which were there when history was being made. Most museums use reproductions of items. Here, you get to see the "real deal". Example: A Guidon used by a N.Y. Battery in the Battle of Gettysburg. The flag is stained with proof that it was there, all verified by forensic analysis. No other museum in AZ has a Civil War flag.
There are thousands of items on display.
Second, the staff know horses! I have talked with 3 staff members and they all ride, one is an instructor. The director is a descendant of the "father" of American Horse Racing. I transferred here from Louisville and knew the story of William Whitley (well known in KY). The director is Rae Whitley, who showed me a picture of his "first horse ride" at 4 month old. I think it is in his blood.
The staff are also the "real deal".
So thank you to Megan, Cassie, and Rae, for all they do. The hardest working museum team in Tucson. Support the museum, keep history alive, you will rarely do better than a visit to Museum of the Horse Soldier.
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