Exhibition examines transformation of Alaska’s largest city
February 27, 2015
Anchorage Museum exhibition examines transformation of Alaska’s largest city
“City Limits” opens Friday, March 6
Emerging from Dena’ina country into a railroad camp in 1915, Anchorage has transformed from a small town of tents into Alaska’s urban center. The hub of both the Pacific Rim and the circumpolar North, the area is now home to one of the most diverse communities in the nation. “City Limits,” on view from March 6 through Oct. 11 at the Anchorage Museum, examines how this global position has shaped the community culturally and economically.
The exhibition reveals how Anchorage’s population has changed through time to become the ethno-racially, culturally and linguistically diverse community that it is today, with more than 90 languages spoken.
Filling four galleries, the exhibition includes objects, artwork, historical images and rare maps from the museum’s permanent collection. Each helps tell the story of Anchorage’s development and expansion on the Cook Inlet landscape – a story that reflects on the driving forces behind the founding and growth of a burgeoning city. Activities and programs invite the public to record and share favorite photos and stories of Anchorage and highlight how Anchorage’s unique past and global position could shape its future.
“City Limits” is an official program of the Anchorage Centennial Celebration and is presented by First National Bank Alaska with support from the Alaska Humanities Forum and the Rasmuson Foundation.
The Anchorage Museum is the largest museum in Alaska and one of the top 10 most visited attractions in the state. The museum’s mission is to connect people, expand perspectives and encourage global dialogue about the North and its distinct environment. Learn more at anchoragemuseum.org.