Updating the Museum’s history gallery 30 years after it first opened is an important project for the Museum and one that has been in the planning for many years. The project represents new thinking about the ways museums represent culture and history: posing critical questions rather than assuming answers.
It is important to update how we talk about history to involve all voices, including Indigenous cultures in Alaska. The way we display objects and the way we include multiple voices and perspectives is vital to telling the stories and history of Alaska. Also important is to recognize how the past continues to speak to contemporary issues, to look at the changes in Alaska’s population and landscape, and to encourage critical thinking.
The process has included curators, conservators, exhibition designers, artists, historians, community members, educators, docents, and many others. And, it has involved visitors like you, whose curiosity about, interest in, and love of Alaska fuel everything we do.