To prevent or slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the Alaska State Library, Archives & Museum at the APK in Juneau and the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka will be closed to the public through Tuesday, March 31. All evening programs and rental use are cancelled during this closure period.
Seward's Day (Monday, March 30) - Division staff will not be checking phones or e-mail on this holiday. Sheldon Jackson Museum staff will not be checking messages on the following Tuesday. Library & Archives distance services will resume on 3/31/2020.
Resources for Alaska Museums
The Alaska State Museum and Alaska State Archives are making available two suffrage-related exhibits. Alaska's Suffrage Star is organized by the Alaska State Museum. Rightfully Hers is an exhibit produced by the National Archives and Records Administration, with travel within Alaska managed by the Alaska State Archives.
About Alaska's Suffrage Star
In 1913, local and national activism resulted in Alaskans gaining the right to vote regardless of their gender. That year, Alaska joined nine states that allowed women citizens to vote. Suffragists across the country celebrated the addition of Alaska’s star to the suffrage flag, even as voting restrictions directed at people of color, including Alaska Natives, endured.
Women reformers and voters affected social and political change in Alaska in the 1910s and 1920s, often inspired by national movements enacted at the local level. The women who advocated for voting rights and political change were stars themselves.
Alaska’s Suffrage Star shares the story of Alaska women gaining the right to vote and features Alaskan women voting rights activist. This traveling exhibit will be available to museums, libraries, and archives across Alaska beginning in the winter of 2020—right in time for the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment.
For more information about Alaska's Suffrage Star, please contact Anjuli Grantham with your questions at email@example.com or 907-465-4806.
About Rightfully Hers
This pop-up exhibit, created by the National Archives and Records Administration, features the history of the 19th Amendment.
For more information about Rightfully Hers, please contact Leah Geibel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-465-2329.
Alaska's Suffrage Star Specs
This panel-based exhibit does not include museum objects or original collections materials.
The exhibit features ten vinyl banners, each is 36 x 79 inches. The banners have grommets and come with poles. As a result, each banner can be free-standing of suspended from a wall.
Rightfully Hers Specs
This is constructed of cardboard that folds into a large square. The cardboard square sits atop a cardboard base. When assembled, the unit is 66.5 x 32 x 45 inches. It requires no tools or walls to set up.
Visit NARA's website to see each of the four sides of this pop-up exhibit.
Borrowing the Exhibits
Borrowing Alaska's Suffrage Star
Museums, libraries, and archives in Alaska can borrow Alaska's Suffrage Star. Borrowing institutions must sign a memorandum of understanding and pay for shipping. There are no other rental fees associated with borrowing this exhibit.
Borrowing Rightfully Hers
Cultural institutions of all kinds can borrow Rightfully Hers, including museums, libraries, archives, and schools.
Please submit the form below to indicate your interest in borrowing Alaska's Suffrage Star and/or Rightfully Hers and a staff member will contact you.