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Cabot’s Pueblo Museum Receives Grant New Visitors Guide Developed and Wayfinding Site Maps Installed

By Desert Star Staff DESERT HOT SPRINGS - Cabot’s Pueblo Museum received a $5,000 grant from Southern California Edison (SCE), an Edison International Company, enabling the development of an updated Visitor’s Guide and two large wayfinding maps installed on the grounds. “Without grants and our generous supporters, we would not be able to give visitors the unique experience and showcase the collection of artifacts currently featured at the museum,” said John Mahoney, President of the Cabot’s Museum Foundation Board of Directors. “We are very grateful to Southern California Edison, our other community partners, and donors for their support of our education programs.” The updated Visitor’s Guide features a map of the museum and details on each of the entities on the grounds. In addition to the museum itself, the grounds house the Trading Post, Tool House, Studio House, The Gild, The Barn, Meditation Garden,

Well House, Water Gallery, and the 43-foot tall Waokiye. The new guide enables visitors to easily navigate their way to the structures, and to review descriptions of each. In addition to the Visitor’s Guide, the grant funds were used to create enlarged wayfinding maps, resulting in two 3 ft. x 4 ft. site maps installed on the grounds. The maps provide a detailed layout of the various historical buildings and directional to each one, as well as noting walking paths, wildflower gardens, and other points of interest. Cabot’s Pueblo Museum is the work of desert pioneer Cabot Yerxa and was built entirely of recycled materials. The preserved Hopi-inspired pueblo now houses the collections and desert artifacts collected by Yerxa. As a non-profit, Cabot’s Museum is completely supported by individual donations and purchases from museum guests, memberships, artisan weekend events, donations from local philanthropic

groups, and grants from companies such as SCE and other foundations. Cabot’s Pueblo Museum was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2012. Preservation of the integrity of the Pueblo, Cabot’s legacy and the unique

collection of artifacts is the mission of Cabot’s Museum Foundation. SCE provides such grants to support the preservation of historic sites in Southern California. Notably, Southern California Edison has committed to providing

another grant to the museum later this year. For more information on museum hours and tours visit Cabot’s Pueblo Museum at www.cabotsmuseum.org. Or call the museum at (760) 3297610.

Oprah Magazine Cookbook” and titles by Julia Child, James Beard, and other famous foodies. NLS also loans the portable playback equipment needed to read its audiobooks. Computer-savvy patrons may access books online through the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service. Ha, who is pursuing a master of fine arts degree at the University of Houston, always

has a book checked out from NLS. Recently she was reading Gail Caldwell’s “Let’s Take the Long Way Home” in braille. And she currently is working on her “MasterChef” cookbook, which is set for a spring 2013 release. To learn more about how the NLS program can help you, a loved one, or a friend, go online to www.loc.gov/nls or call 1-888-NLS-READ. Courtesy News USA

What casual viewers may not have realized right away is that the amateur cook from Houston, Texas, is blind. In 2003, Ha was diagnosed with neuromyelitis optica (NMO), a rare neurological condition that deteriorates the optic nerves and spinal cord. By 2007, Ha had lost most of her vision. But she had regained her

love of reading, with help from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). “[NLS] reignited my love for literature. It was what kept me sane when I went through my first bouts of NMO,” says Ha, who also authors the blogtheblindcook.com. “When I went through some of my worst health issues in 2003—complete paralysis from my neck down due to spinal inflammation, and complete blindness—all I could do was lie in bed and listen to NLS audiobooks.” NLS, part of the Library of Congress, oversees a free reading program for U.S. residents and citizens living abroad who are blind, have low vision, or cannot hold a book because of a physical disability. NLS patrons may choose from tens of thousands of books and dozens of magazines in audio and braille—including dozens of cookbooks, such as “O, the

Christina Ha: The Blind Cook Who Turned Master Chef

By Desert Star Staff If you watched season three of Fox TV’s reality cooking show “MasterChef,” you remember the big smile that lit up Christine Ha’s face every time she impressed the judges with her bold flavors—and especially when her three-course meal of Vietnamese comfort food won Ha the “MasterChef” title.

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