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Mug Up Closing Weekend

To celebrate the final weekend of the exhibition Mug Up: The Language of Cannery Work, the museum is hosting events on Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8. Come help us celebrate the history and people involved in Alaska’s canned salmon industry!

Friday, October 7

First Friday (free admission), 4:30­–7:00 pm
Oscar Peñaranda lecture, 6 pm, APK lecture hall

Filipino American History Month celebrated in partnership with Filipino Community, Inc. – Filipino educator, poet, activist, and former <NN> Cannery worker Oscar Peñaranda will give a lecture at 6:00 pm. Oscar worked in Alaska canneries for fifteen seasons, and his stories, poems, and essays have been published nationally and internationally. Oscar founded the San Francisco chapter of the Filipino American National Historical Society and advocated to establish an Ethnic Studies program at San Francisco State University, where he later taught. He is a recipient of the prestigious award Gawad ng Alagad ni Balagtas, by the Writers Guild of the Philippines, for his lifetime achievements in promoting and pioneering the institutionalization of Philippine Studies, Philippine-America­n Studies, and Philippine Languages Studies in the United States.

This program is organized in partnership with Filipino Community, Inc. and sponsored by the Friends of the Alaska State Library, Archives and Museum.

Saturday, October 8

Bristol Bay Night (free admission), 4:00-6:00 pm
Two Katie Ringsmuth Lectures:  2:00 pm “How to Eat Canned Salmon” and 6 pm "<NN> Cannery and the Influenza Pandemic of 1919”  

This is the last day to see the exhibit. At 2:00 pm, Mug Up project leader and Alaska’s state historian Katie Ringsmuth will give a lecture titled “How to Eat Canned Salmon,” on the history of marketing salmon. The lecture will be moderated by Bob King and held in the APK lecture hall. Alaska Historical Society attendees can watch virtually via Crowdcast. At 6:00 pm, Katie will give a second lecture, “<NN> Cannery and the Influenza Pandemic of 1919.”   

Mug Up: The Language of Cannery Work

Cannery workers on their coffee break, aka mug up.Through October 8, 2022

The Alaska State Museum is partnering with guest curator Katie Ringsmith and the <NN> Cannery History Project on a project that celebrates the history and people involved in Alaska’s fishing industry.

“Mug Up” is the cannery term for a coffee break. The exhibit shares stories of Alaska’s cannery crews and showcases artifacts from one of Alaska’s most significant industries through the lens of the Alaska Packers Association’s <NN> Cannery. The 15-minute ‘mug ups’ brought together a huge diversity of cannery workers and created a unique social milieu within the workscape of Alaska's salmon canneries, the industrial revolution of the north.

Visit the Mug Up exhibit page for more info.

Water Moves Life

bronze jugsA Multi-Site Work by Nicholas Galanin and Merritt Johnson 
On view outside through Fall 2022

Water Moves Life is a project of the Anchorage Museum. The main installation at the Anchorage Museum is complemented by satellite locations at Cuddy Family Midtown Park in Anchorage, near Fish Creek, as well as at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau. The State Museum sits on the land of Aak’w Kwáan at the place known as Dzantik’i Héeni, or “precious water for the starry flounder,” as translated by Tlingit elder Dan Katzeek.

The installations explore the linked forces of a changing climate and rising inequality. Bronze forms that replicate mass-produced plastic jugs are paired with the sounds of flowing water and police radio chatter, braiding together allusions to freedom, survival, containment, and control.

Visit the Water Moves Life page to learn more and listen to audio.

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