DESERT HOT SPRINGS – The Cabot Museum Foundation Board wishes to announce the appointment of Judy Gigante as the Museum’s new historian. Gigante has been with the museum since 2007 and been a tireless volunteer serving as a Director on the Foundation Board.
She was very instrumental in the publication of the collected newspaper articles that Cabot Yerxa wrote titled: “On the Desert Since 1913.” The book is in its second printing. Gigante’s enthusiasm and love for the history of the Pueblo as well as its builder Cabot Yerxa has filled in many gaps in Cabot’s fascinating life story.
Gigante’s loves research, has traveled to Hawaii to interview Cabot Yerxa’s only grandchild and in June she will travel to Nome, Alaska to work with the Nome Museum. In 1900 when Cabot was a teenager, he traveled alone to Alaska and had many adventures there.
“As we research and uncover more of Cabot’s life, we begin to understand and appreciate more about him. His life story is one of inspiration. I give tours at the museum and our visitors are always amazed at his adventurous and compassionate spirit…our museum tour is a gem,” said Gigante.
She trains the new docents at the museum and said this too is one of her “fun jobs. We are always looking for people who are able to engage the public with Cabot’s fascinating life story. Our docents are a wonderful group of people who are as much in love with Cabot’s story as I am.”
“Judy has made a substantial difference here at the museum in many ways and her enthusiasm is infectious. We love her and are very excited about her new position as historian,” said Mike Chedester President of the Foundation Board.
If you would like to volunteer, the museum has many ways for you become a “Team Yerxa” member. Call Cabot Museum at 760 -329- 8100 or go to www.cabotsmuseum.org.