Museums Alaska and Alaska Historical Society Joint Conference

Thursday, April 21, 2016 to Sunday, April 24, 2016

Alaska Historical Society Conference: Exploring Alaska's Past in the Pacific World

September 21-24, 2016 | Juneau, Alaska

The vast Pacific Ocean exists as both barrier and thoroughfare, fostering cultures in isolation and allowing astonishing journeys of exploration and imperial ambition.  Please join us in discovering how Alaska’s past can be better understood by examining its role in the history of the Pacific world.  This complex region offers us the chance to employ disciplines as far ranging as environmental history, indigenous studies, global history, and (of course) maritime history, while also remembering that for many Alaskans, then and now, the ocean is a local place, a place we call home.

This year’s conference is organized by the Gastineau Channel Historical Society, Juneau-Douglas City Museum, Sealaska Heritage Institute, and the Alaska State Library, Archives and Museums.  Our host location will be the newly completed Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives, and Museum facility.  We are also thrilled to announce David Igler, author of The Great Ocean (2013), as our keynote speaker.  Dr. Igler’s work on the history of the Pacific and the American West illustrates how much human drama has played out on this boundless blue stage.

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Museums Alaska Conference: Mission: Possible

September 22-24, 2016 | Juneau, Alaska

Mission is the driving force for everything museums do. It expresses institutional focus, purpose, and role within the community. The mission is the basis for key planning, policy making, and operational decisions. The 2016 Museums Alaska Annual Meeting will be in Juneau, to celebrate the opening of the new State Library, Archives, and Museum (SLAM) facility. As the state faces a changing economic landscape, the conference will explore ways in which museums and cultural centers can create opportunities through flexible, forward-thinking approaches that are driven by mission.

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