The 2013 conference was held in Haines, AK September 25-28, 2013
Read a recap of the 2013 conference on the Western Museum Association’s WestMuse Blog. http://westmuse.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/museums-alaska-2013/
We had a fantastic 30th Anniversary gathering in Haines and would like to thank our Haines hosts at the Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center as well as both Program Committees of MA and AHS for a fabulous conference. If you missed it, you can browse the Conference Program – we hope to post session materials online soon.
Museums Alaska and the Alaska Historical Society honored our friends who passed away in the last year. Read the 2013 memorials.
The 2014 conference will be in Seward, AK October 1-4, 2014.
Museums Alaska’s theme and keynote speaker for the 2013 Conference:
Collaborations: Coming Together for Museums
Keynote: Michael Gates
Michael is a trained archaeologist, conservator, and calls himself a History Hunter. He has published 3 books: Gold at Forty-Mile Creek, History Hunting, and Dalton’s Gold Rush Trail. He is retired from Parks Canada and is now a major force in advocating the Canadian government return (laid-off) staff to the Canadian parks. He worked for many years to professionalize their collections and exhibits process.
Alaska Historical Society’s theme and keynote speaker for the 2013 Conference:
Keynote: Jacqueline Johnson Pata
Executive Director, National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), Sealaska Board Member and Klukwan descendant. She is a member of the Raven/Sockeye Clan of the Tlingit Tribe and a member of the Central Council of the Tlingit-Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. Mrs. Pata was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Native American Programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) during the Clinton Administration.
Scholarship and award nomination information will soon be posted below – check back!
Angels Project 2013, Haines
Please consider volunteering your time and expertise at this year’s Angels Project in Haines. The Angels Project will occur on 9am – 4pm, Tuesday September 23 (the day before the pre-conference workshops). This year we will be helping out 5 worthy, local institutions with an exhibit related project. The Angels Project is helping to prepare each venue for the Museums Alaska pre-conference Workshop “Exhibits Hands-on Style,” which will occur the next day. So if you are considering doing that workshop, you should also consider helping out with the Angels Project to get the most bang for your buck.