The Baranov Museum will reopen its
doors to the public Friday after nearly three months of upgrades and
KMXT's Erik Wander has more.
The museum will be open all day
Friday, with staff conducting tours for visiting librarians in town for the
Alaska Library Association conference. But museum director Katie Oliver said
the marquee event is an open house Friday evening featuring refreshments, door
prizes and free admission.
-- (Oliver 1 10 sec. "We'll actually be open ... big open house in the evening.")
said the event will be an opportunity for museum visitors to take a look behind
the scenes of a national historic landmark.
-- (Oliver 2 35 sec. "We'll be giving tours ... new
upgrades of the building.")
said that people won't be able to see the results of the much of the work done
over the past couple of months, because of the nature of electrical upgrades,
but she said museum patrons will get a glimpse of the 19th century Alutiiq
spruce root basket, for which it recently received a preservation grant, a new
lighting system and more.
-- (Oliver 3 32 sec. "Much of what's been done ... new
Baranov Museum is the oldest building in the state of Alaska and the earliest
documented log structure on the west coast of the United States. A federal
historic preservation grant provided the opportunity for the Kodiak
Historical Society to upgrade the 200-year-old building's electrical and fire
suppression systems, Work has been going on since Christmas. Friday evening's
open house will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.