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May 03 2012
Museum Seeks Community Input for Future Building PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 May 2012

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kmm_dog_bay_office_5-3-2012_web.jpg The current Kodiak Maritime Museum. Toby Sullivan photo           

            One day, hopefully, the Kodiak Maritime Museum will be a real place you can visit. In the meantime, the museum without walls- headed by Executive Director Toby Sullivan- is housed in a Harbormaster utility building in Dog Bay. Sullivan says the office-slash-museum is about 15 feet by 15 feet and packed with computers, printers and boxes and totes stacked on top of more boxes and totes.There's also the website, which hosts hours of oral history and numerous photos detailing Kodiak's colorful maritime past and present.

            The museum was recently awarded a $200,000 grant from the State Legislature to fund a conceptual design. If the governor approves the grant, that process could start this year.  For now, Sullivan says they're focusing on choosing a site. Three parcels, all owned by the city, will be discussed at a meeting tomorrow. Site one is near the public restrooms at St. Paul Harbor. Site two is near Alaska Fresh Seafoods and the third site is near the gazebo on Oscar's Spit. An engineering study showed that the technical aspects of all the sites are similar. Sullivan says the site selection will have a lot to do with aesthetics.

 

"Which place might have the best view or which might look best. A lot of people seem to favor site number three, which is out on the channel by the gazebo, but we want to hear what people think about all three sites just to see if there is anything we haven't thought of. We'd like a lot of input on that." 

 

 Aerial view of proposed museum sites. Courtesy of Kodiak Maritime Museum

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            Tomorrow's meeting is open to the public. Sullivan says people should come ready to share any concerns, suggestions or ideas about how to make the Kodiak Maritime Museum a reality.

 

"I think we want to hear from people on basically where a museum would be a good fit for the downtown area. We also want to hear if people have reasons why it might not work downtown. We certainly want to hear why it wouldn't work before it got further down the line. We'd like to hear what people would like to see in a museum building, but at this point the big focus is on finding a site for the museum that fits with people's understanding and appreciation for the downtown area."

 

            The meeting will be at Fishermen's Hall in the Harbormaster's Building at 7:00 Friday night.

 
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