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Supporting Organizations

Anchorage Museum Foundation

The Anchorage Museum Foundation (AMF), founded in 1989 is a 501(c)(3) non- profit corporation that raises funds and manages an endowment to support the long-term financial needs of the Museum. Distributions are made annually from endowment earnings by the board of directors to help build the Museum's collections, underwrite conservation projects, finance capital expenditures and assist in mounting temporary exhibits.

The AMF welcomes contributions to its endowment. Such gifts can be made in a variety of ways including: cash or gifts of securities, life insurance or appreciated real estate. The AMF is the vehicle for planned gifts and bequests to the Museum. Donors can make provision for a named fund that has a designated purpose (currently, AMF is administering named funds that support children's programs, conservation and temporary exhibits).

For information regarding the Foundation, contact:
Anchorage Museum Association
625 C Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 929-9200

Cook Inlet Historical Society

The Cook Inlet Historical Society is one of Alaska's oldest regional historical organizations. Founded March 30, 1955, at the Z.J. Loussac Library in Anchorage, it soon acquired collections through donations of artifacts and art by several long-time Alaskans. Using these collections as a nucleus, the Society opened a museum in the library on September 11, 1955. The collections grew. In the early 1960s, the Society museum moved to the City Hall Annex. In 1968, the Cook Inlet Historical Society cooperated with the City of Anchorage to found the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. Since that time, the Society has headquartered in the Museum. Monthly programs on the third Thursday of each month from September through May are a highlight of Society activities. The Society also supports publication of books on Alaskan history, which are available in the Museum Shop.

Smithsonian Institution
The Smithsonian Institution is a museum and research complex of 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park, as well as research facilities. The Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, established in 1988, is a federal research and education program focusing on peoples, history, archaeology and cultures across the circumpolar North. The center is part of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. In 1994, the center partnered with the Anchorage Museum to open an Anchorage location.