Photographer and scholar Dirk Spennemann will present a free public lecture, “Kiska: A World War II Battlefield Landscape,” Sunday, June 10 at 2 p.m. at the Alaska State Museum.
Spennemann will discuss the unique cultural and physical landscape of Kiska, as well as its overall importance in understanding other cultural heritage sites in Alaska and elsewhere.
Spennemann is associate professor in Cultural Heritage Management at the School of Environmental Sciences at Charles Sturt University in Albury, Australia, specializing in the study and recognition of heritage sites. He is also an accomplished photographer, with exhibits and installations throughout Australia and the Pacific; he has also worked extensively throughout Alaska.
Spennemann’s lecture coincides with one of the two WWII exhibits currently on display at the Alaska State Museum, “Kiska: A World War II Battlefield Landscape,” developed in collaboration with the National Park Service’s Alaska Regional Office and Charles Sturt University. The second exhibit is “When ‘Over There’ Was Here: World War II in Alaska.” Both run through Oct. 13.
Summer hours at the Alaska State Museum are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Summer admission is $7 with a $1 discount for seniors. Visitors 18 and under are admitted free of charge.