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Gastineau Channel Historical Society
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Website updates:  We are endeavoring to continually update our website with Juneau area historical material to reveal new insights of this fascinating region we call home.  Under our Juneau History page, we’ve started a new section titled Juneau Vignettes to share stories of earlier views or experiences of Juneau residents and visitors.  Leading off, we are pleased to share one of a new booklet series, featured in a blog on the Alaska Historical Society’s website, called “Eyewitness Series” edited by National Park Service historian Chris Allan.  Allen’s intent with the first four booklets is to showcase voices of the past.   Each booklet includes advertisements, early maps, paintings, drawings and photographs previously unpublished or never collected in the same place.  Juneau’s origins are featured in Eyewitness Series #3: A Rough and Tumble Country: Juneau’s Origins as Alaska’s First Gold Mining Boom Town as Described by Eyewitnesses, 1880-1881, a collaboration with local Juneau author Mark Kirchhoff about the discovery of gold in the Gastineau Channel area and the evolution of what would become Alaska’s capital city.  Inside are eighteen fascinating eyewitness accounts of Juneau’s first year and included are some of the earliest known photographs of Juneau.

Last Chance Mining Museum
The museum is now open for the summer season Friday – Monday 2 – 5 pm, Admission is $5 cash only.  For more information click this link

Juneau-Douglas City Museum News and Events
Monthly newsletter – click here
From the July newsletter:  The museum is now open Tuesday – Sunday between 10am and 4pm.  Regular admission charges are now in effect for the summer tour season, $6 general admission, $5 seniors.  The City Museum now offers several sets of tours, some with an admission charge, others free.  The weekly Historic Downtown Juneau Walking Tours, on Thursdays – Sundays, are led by museum volunteers, the downtown Juneau tour includes Juneau’s original townsite and some of the people and events that shaped our city.  In addition, monthly tours of the Museum’s popular True Crime Capital Killers and the Treadwell Mine Historic Park historic walking tours are now open for sign-up, but space is limited so advanced reservations with payment is recommended. The museum also offers FREE weekly tours of the State Capitol through September 30th. Led by City Museum volunteers, these tours begin at the Capitol and last one hour. The museum is in the process of building a “Little Free Museum”. When complete, the Little Free Museum will be located outside on the Calhoun Ave side of the museum building and will operate much like the Little Free Libraries around town. It will be set up like a gallery and anyone can add small art to the exhibit and/or take small art home. Call the museum at 586-0966 for more information, or check the website for more details  on these and other events and resources available at the museum.

In addition, the Juneau History Grant (JHG) is now open! The annual due date for applications is October 1st. Any person, or group of persons, with a good idea for preserving or sharing Juneau’s history and/or culture who has the time and energy to follow it through to completion is encouraged to apply for a Juneau History Grant for funding to support some of the expenses of their project.

Treadwell Historic Preservation and Restoration Society
The society has recently revised and updated their website to continue their goal of education of the historic significance of Treadwell in local and Alaskan history.  Their mission is to promote the recreational and cultural significance of the Treadwell Historical Park and Trail and work to preserve the physical remains of the site.  The website is a great way to get introduced to the story of the once world-famous mining complex.  Check it out!

Alaska Historical Society Annual Conference – 2021
This year’s conference theme, Communities Remembered and Imagined, focuses on the life cycles of communities, particularly on those phases that exist only in memory or imagination. The 2021 conference will be completely digital and held via Zoom. Again, the sessions will spread over two weeks, Oct. 6-9 and Oct. 13-16.  Special sessions  will include the 50th anniversary of ANCSA, on statues and monuments in Alaska, and much more!  Of special interest will be a presentation on the unique contribution Treadwell made to change the trajectory of Alaska forever by a team of local Juneau amateur historians.  For more information, contact AHS at http://alaskahistoricalsociety.org/about-ahs/conference/

Gastineau Channel Historical Society’s Annual Meeting
GCHS’s annual meeting was held Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020 via Zoom. Featured speaker was Anjuli Grantham, curator of statewide services for the Alaska State Museum and an author and editor of “Tin Can Country: Southeast Alaska’s Historic Salmon Canneries.” Grantham curated the current exhibit “Alaska’s Suffrage Star” (https://lam.alaska.gov/suffrage-star) in honor of the 100th anniversary of female enfranchisement and discussed it for the meeting (click on the link above to view it). Grantham has been a public historian ten years, including two at the museum and previously in Kodiak, where she grew up. (Read her work at www.anjuligrantham.com)

Alaska Historical Society Award
Although 2020’s annual meeting in mid-October of the Alaska Historical Society was limited to virtual sessions via Zoom meetings due to the on-going Covid-19 concerns and restrictions, Gastineau Channel Historical Society was awarded one of the AHS’s top awards, the Esther Billman Certificate of Excellence Award, given to recognize a project contributing to the preservation and understanding of Alaska history during the past year.  This was in recognition of our spring Gastineau Heritage News issue that focused on Juneau area health events of  1918 that were eerily similar to the Covid-19 pandemic situation of 2020.  Kudos to our newsletter team of Laury Scandling, writer/editor, and Paula Johnson and Rich Mattson, researchers!

Past and Present – Juneau-Douglas City Museum Bi-annual newsletter
Current newsletter – click here
News about collections, exhibits, museum activities and updates. Highlights of  the Fall-Winter 2020-2021 newsletter:  The CBJ Assembly was able to secure funding for the Juneau ArtWorks grant which was intended to deliver CARES act funding to artists who had lost gigs or work contracts, were laid off, or who were put into a vulnerable financial position due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of these art works are now on display at the museum, in which the newsletter describes the process and basis for the program. Towards the end of 2020, the City Museum also received on loan the majority of the Morris Alaska Art Collection, previously exhibited in the Juneau Empire newspaper building. This collection includes pieces from artists spanning 150 years and highlights Alaskan artists and Alaskan scenes. The ongoing current history exhibit “The Echoes of War:Unangax̂ Internment During WW II” brings attention to the history of the Unangax̂ internment camps in Southeast, Alaska along with a brief history of Funter Bay. This exhibit continues through October 2021.

U.S.F.S Mendenhall Visitor Center – 2021 Fireside Chats
The 2021 Virtual Fireside Lecture Series was held January 15 – March 15, which included a number of programs relating to local area cultural and natural history.  The programs  may be viewed on this link:  https://www.facebook.com/watch/1042594919101715/414231443333635/

 

 

 

 

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