from Kodiak's museums participated in a state-wide museum conference last week.
It was an eventful few days for Toby Sullivan of the Kodiak Maritime
Sven Haakansen of the Aluttiq Museum and Katie Oliver of Kodiak's Baranov Museum.
Eventful because they all three gave presentations at the event and because
they were all delayed in Unalaska for a few days. Diana Gish has more.
Haakansen,the executive director of the Alutiiq
Museum, was preparing for a trip back
when he took a few minutes to talk about his conference experience.
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conference he gave a presentation on how to create museum displays. When the
group's return trip was delayed by the ferry, Haakansen made spontaneous
presentations to groups around Unalaska.
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Oliver, the director of the Baranov
Museum shared her take on
the event which was a joint gathering with the Alaska Historical Society.
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the recipient of the President's Award for her work with the State Historical
The award is also known as the "Beaver Log Award" and is a light-hearted
tribute to hard working volunteers. Oliver has served on the board for four
years. She's chaired several committees and currently serves as the society's secretary
and web master.
Sullivan, the director of the Kodiak
Museum, the trip to
Unalaska was a homecoming of sorts. He was a crab fisherman in the Bering Sea from the 70s to the early 90s.
Sullivan shared some of Kodiak's oral history with the other
attendees of the conference.
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said he enjoyed returning to Unalaska and he especially enjoyed the Museum of
the Aleutians in Dutch
Harbor. The museum tells
stories of the area's rich history including the Aleut, the Russians, World War
Two and commercial fishing.
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of the museum directors said they appreciated the networking and the exchange
of ideas with other programs. The Baranov's Oliver was proud that Kodiak made a
good showing at the conference.
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News, I'm Diana Gish.