Bob Banghart, chief curator of the Alaska State Museum, will kick off the Kashevarof Winter Lecture Series at the Alaska State Museum on Jan. 25 with a discussion of Project SLAM: State Libraries, Archives, and Museum. After celebrating preliminary groundbreaking in October 2011, the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum project is rapidly moving forward with architectural documents scheduled for completion in April 2012; construction begins pending security of final funding. Banghart will discuss the complex process of planning and design for the unique facility, dedicated to protecting and presenting the culture and history of Alaska and its peoples.
Banghart's lecture is the first in the series, which runs from noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday through Feb. 29 at the museum. The series features new research by museum staff, visiting artists, and scholars. Lecturers draw from the collections of the State Library, Archives, and Museums, in some instances displaying new and/or seldom-seen historical photos, documents, and artifacts.
Admission to the lectures is free; visitors are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch.
Other lectures are:
Feb. 1 - Alaska Native Treasures in the British Museum, Steve Henrikson, Curator of Collections, Alaska State Museums;
Feb. 8 - Reinvention and Revival: A Narrative of Kake, Alaska, Anastasia Tarmann Lynch, Librarian, Alaska State Library Historical Collections;
Feb. 15 - Tracy Arm History Notes: Illuminating a Landscape with Museum Objects Collections, Mary Irvine, Museum Educator, Alaska State Museum;
Feb. 22 - The Alaska State Archives: Best Kept Secret in the State, Larry Hibpshman, Archivist, Alaska State Archives; and
Feb. 29 - President Harding in Alaska, Jim Geraghty, local historian.
The series is named in honor of Rev. Andrew P. Kashevarof, the first librarian and curator of the Territorial Library and museum, from 1919-1940.
Winter hours at the museum are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Discounted winter admission is $3. Visitors 18 and under are admitted free of charge. An annual pass that allows unlimited visits to the Alaska State Museum and the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka is available for $15. Assistance is available for visitors with special needs. Please contact Visitor Services at 465-2901 before the visit.
Fore more information, visit 395 Whittier, Juneau, AK 99801, phone 465-2901 or visit www.museums.state.ak.us