Department of Education and Early Development
Alaska State Libraries, Archives, & Museums
Juneau - On Friday, October 4, the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum will help kick off the Juneau Public Libraries' October Big Read of In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick, about the whaling ship Essex and the events that inspired Herman Melville's Moby Dick. From 4:30-5:30, the Library will screen the 1914-1915 silent film Bowhead Hunting in the Arctic, or, The Cruise of the Whaler Herman. The film follows a whaling crew from San Francisco to the Arctic, with stops in Unalaska, St. Lawrence Island, King Island, and St. Michael, and features scenes of Alaska animals, interactions with Alaska Natives, and operations aboard the ship. At 6:00 pm, 49 Writers will present the keynote event to kick off the Big Read: a conversation with authors Ishmael Angaluuk Hope and Don Rearden with moderator Corinna Cook to discuss the power of history, story, and myth. The Friends of the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum will host a reception from 4:30-7:00 pm.
The Alaska State Museum offers free admission from 4:30-7:00 pm every First Friday. This is the last First Friday to enjoy the exhibit Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline by Alaska artist Ray Troll and paleontologist Dr. Kirk Johnson. The exhibit will be on display through October 19, 2019.
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 Division of Libraries, Archives, and Museums 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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