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City Museum offers workshops to prepare locals for the tourist season

Posted: May 3, 2012 - 12:06am  |  Updated: May 6, 2012 - 12:03am

Whether you are working for a tour company, waiting tables at a local restaurant, or playing host to visiting family and friends this summer there is a good chance you will be answering questions about Juneau’s history, culture and wildlife. Arm yourself with information and tales about Juneau by attending the Juneau-Douglas City Museum’s annual workshops. This year the City Museum will offer three distinct workshops: Juneau History 101, Local Wildlife and Contemporary Expressions of Traditional Tlingit Culture.

Juneau History 101, led by local historian and researcher Jim Geraghty, will be held on Tuesday, May 8, from 6-8:30 p.m. Geraghty will share historic images and stories of the personalities and events that shaped Juneau’s history and discuss the history of particular areas of Juneau, including the Mendenhall Valley, North Douglas, downtown Juneau, Douglas and Thane.

New this year, the Local Wildlife workshop, led by wildlife and outdoor specialist Riley Woodford, will be held Wednesday, May 9, from 6-8:30 p.m. Participants attending the workshop will learn about the various “critters” that live in and around Juneau and how to recognize birds by their sounds.

Contemporary Expressions of Traditional Tlingit Culture will be held Thursday, May 10, from 6-8:30 p.m. Culture and language specialist Linda Belarde will help participants gain an understanding of Tlingit history and culture. Belarde will discuss moieties, clan structure, kinship terms and the history of the biennial Celebration. She will also share new resources that can be found on the Sealaska Heritage Institute website.

All workshops will be held at the City Museum. The cost is $25 per person, per workshop. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. For more, call 586-3572 or visit www.juneau.org/parkrec/museum.

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