The museum's board voted unanimously to take down the flags after comments from the public that the Mexican flag was "unAmerican," said board president Sophia Kaluzniacki, a veterinarian.
said the board members talked about the issue for some time and voted last month to take down the flag of Mexico and the United States flag, too.She
said Tuesday that she
didn't know when the flags came down.
said there was no discussion among board members about providing a flier or brochure to explain the history of the Mexican flag at the museum, rather than removing it. "We're not a government institution or funded by the state or county.We're independent and as such can make decisions as to whether we should or should not be flying the flag," she
The Mexican flag has been an issue "for quite some time," Kaluzniacki
said."The subject has been brought up more than once." "There are many issues today - political and otherwise - that raise questions as to the connection between the United States and Mexico," she
said."People perhaps are more politically aware about it and they ask questions, whether it's appropriate or not." "We weren't doing anything wrong.The questions became more frequent in recent years," she
said. An interpretive display is being made to replace the flags, she
"This is not set in stone," Kaluzniacki
...Chairwoman Sophia Kaluzniacki, DVM