The Museum of Texas Tech University
The Museum will play a major role in ensuring the preservation of Texas’ irreplaceable
archeological collections are available for future use. (L-R) Jon Whitmore, Jim Brink,
Gary Edson, Eileen Johnson and John Nau III. Photo by Artie Limmer.
received an exemplary certification from the Texas Historical Commission’s Curatorial
Facility Certification Program.
This makes the museum the first facility to receive no deficiencies since the inception
of the program.
Exemplary certification is awarded when the commission finds no deficiencies or disabling
factors in a museum’s ability to collect and store state-owned artifacts, said Gary
Edson, executive director for the museum.
“This event is about a number of things,” Edson said. “It recognizes the museum for
achieving this certification. It acknowledges our curator of anthropology, Eileen
Johnson, for her past work in creating the certification process with the Texas Historical
Commission. It also confirms the exemplary work done by the museum assistant director,
Nicky Ladkin, in drafting and testing the certification procedure.”
So far, 12 facilities have undergone the certification process, said John Nau III,
chairman of the Texas Historical Commission. The commission is the state agency for
historic preservation, charged with preserving Texas’ architectural, archeological
and cultural landmarks.
“Certification enhances a facility’s reputation by illustrating its ability and willingness
to hold itself accountable,” Nau said. “The Museum will play a major role in ensuring
the preservation of Texas’ irreplaceable archeological collections are available
for future research, displays and most importantly, for future generations.”
Johnson, who also is director of Lubbock Lake Landmark
, was instrumental in creating the certification program with the commission. Based
on certification procedures for museums at the national level, she said the state’s
program is at the forefront of keeping track of the state’s historical collections.
But also, it keeps the facilities that hold these artifacts accountable as to how
the items are kept, cared for and cataloged.
Johnson added she no longer served with the commission at the time the museum underwent
“When it comes to the artifacts found on public property, those artifacts are property
of the state,” Johnson said. “There is a problem in accounting for all these collections
at all these facilities. Where are they? How well are they taken care of? What do
they consist of? Well, the state now has a much better scope of what it has.”
Museum of Texas Tech
Established in 1929, the Museum is an educational, scientific, cultural, and research
element of Texas Tech University.
It consists of the main Museum building, the Moody Planetarium, the Natural Science
Research Laboratory, the research and educational elements of the Lubbock Lake Landmark,
and the Val Verde County research site.
The Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums.
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