Department of Education and Early Development
Alaska State Libraries, Archives, & Museums
The Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum (LAM) will be open regular hours, 10 am – 4 pm, for Alaska Day. It will be one of the final days to see Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline by Alaska artist Ray Troll and paleontologist Dr. Kirk Johnson, on display through Saturday, October 19. The Museum is now offering discounted winter admission rates of $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and free for people 18 years and under.
The Alaska State Library Historical Collections will share materials related to whales and whaling in Alaska. The Library is a community partner of Juneau Public Libraries’ NEA Big Read of In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick, about the whaleship Essex and its fatal encounter with a sperm whale that inspired Moby Dick. The collections spotlight will be on display for the full day, 10 am to 4 pm.
The Friends of the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum will host a volunteer community transcription project from 10 am to noon in the Reading Room on the second floor. The project will transcribe the Vital Records indexes compiled from Juneau newspapers by Betty Miller into an accessible format that allows for keyword searching and posting online. All materials will be provided.
The Store at the APK and LAM present an Alaska Literary Festival from 11 am to 3 pm in the Lecture Hall. Local authors and artists Sarah Asper-Smith, Michaela Goade, Emily Wall, and Ernestine Hayes will share their work and sign books. The festival will conclude with a presentation by Ryan Tucker Jones, Associate Professor of History at the University of Oregon, about Russian whalers in Alaska waters. Soviet whaleships began visiting Alaskan waters in the 1920s and continued until the 1970s. Jones’ talk will analyze the reasons for the failures and successes of Russian whaling and the impacts it had on Alaska Native and environmental history.
A person experiencing a disability who needs accommodation for events hosted by the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum can contact the Division’s ADA coordinator at (907) 465-1300 to make any necessary arrangements.
The Alaska State Libraries, Archives, and Museums are a division of the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. The Division preserves historical books, manuscripts, and state records for study and research, operates the state museums, offers library and information services to state agencies and the Legislature, provides for the orderly management of current state records, operates the Talking Book Center for Alaska, and supports libraries, archives, museums, and cultural centers around the state through professional consultation services.
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