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Active Collecting

Presented by: Trevor Jones Article by: Kathi Reimer We know the importance of following our Collections Management Policy when acquiring new items in our museums. We have practiced saying no in a variety of caring and concerned ways. We try to be mindful of only allowing things to cross our threshold that fit into our […]

Testing Innovation at the Alutiiq Museum

Testing Innovation at the Alutiiq Museum

Presented by Marnie Leist, Director of Operations Article by Steven Villano At the fall Museums Alaska conference, Marnie Leist, Director of Operations at the Alutiiq museum in Kodiak, presented the session “Testing Innovation.”  The Director had to step forward on very short notice and give a presentation that had been prepared by another staff member, so […]

Angyaats: Repatriating Lost Knowledge

Presenter: Sven Haakanson, Burke Museum curator of Native American anthropology Article by: Ashleigh Reed Have you ever wondered what the artifacts in your museum would say if they could talk? I know your job would probably be a little easier if they just said, “Hey, let me tell you where I can from. You’ve got […]

Where Do We Start? Developing Exhibits

Where Do We Start? Developing Exhibits

by Nicole Peters The MA | AHS conference session lead by the multi-disciplinary team from ExhibitAK functioned as an interactive brainstorming workshop where real-life issues from the Alaskan museum sector were addressed. ExhibitAK is a Juneau-based museum planning and design firm dedicated to working with museums, cultural institutions, and other community spaces to develop and […]

Packing & Crating workshop

By: Leslie Fried – Curator, Alaska Jewish Museum The Museums Alaska / Alaska Historical Society Conference 2016 afforded me the opportunity to attend a Packing and Crating workshop on the Tuesday before regular conference sessions. At this workshop we addressed issues concerning the protection of both outgoing and incoming objects, as well as the proper […]

Paper Problems: Managing Archives in a Small Museum

by Anjuli Grantham Most small museums have archival collections, and most small museum professionals scratch their head and fret about the best way to manage these collections. After all, although both archival and object collections are critical to our missions, these different types of collections are rooted in different professional practices. Della Hall and Charles […]

Key Takeaways from Mission: Leadership

By: Anjuli Grantham Walking into the new Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff facility was an emotional moment for me. Like many around the state, I played a small role in the SLAM building project, assisting with advocacy, taking part in the Exo program to pack the museum collections prior to the move, and serving as a […]