WHO WE ARE
Museums Alaska is the statewide museum association in Alaska.
To accomplish its organizational purpose, Museums Alaska maintains a central office to receive and disburse information about museums, cultural centers and their activities, and to collect and share professional opportunities. Museums Alaska organizes an annual conference to focus on the needs of Alaska museum professionals, volunteers, and their institutions.
ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
This is the founding document for Museums Alaska.
Our most recent bylaws were approved by a vote by our membership in 2017. Bylaws are updated at least every five years, or more frequently as circumstances dictate.
This is Museums Alaska's strategic plan for 2019-2023, approved in March 2019 by the Board of Directors.
CODE OF CONDUCT
In 2019, Museums Alaska's Board of Directors adopted a code of conduct that applies to any participant in Museums Alaska's programs, including membership and grant opportunities.
In 1977, small group of Alaska museum people came together to hold an informal meeting to discuss their common concern over the lack of a unified voice to speak up for museums during the annual meeting of the Alaska Historical Society (AHS). As a result of this meeting, this group established the Museum Planning Committee as an unofficial subcommittee of the AHS. This subcommittee eventually decided to form a new and separate non-profit organization to focus on the specific needs of Alaska museums. Six years after that initial meeting, Museums Alaska filed its Articles of Incorporation in 1983. By 1987 Museums Alaska had expanded its membership, hired its first part-time executive director to provide membership services, and began publishing a quarterly newsletter, called Network.
For more information on the history of Museums Alaska, please refer to A Brief History of Museums Alaska by Gail Hollinger (2002).