State Museum to host lecture on Exxon Valdez oil spill records

The second lecture in the 2013 Andrew P. Kashevarof Memorial Lecture Series will be presented at the atate museum at noon on Thursday, Feb. 21. Archivist Larry Hibpshman, of the Alaska State Archives, will present “They Anointed Our Waters & Our Cup Runneth Over: Litigation Records from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.” Admission to the lecture is free; visitors are welcome to bring a lunch.


Litigation associated with the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill involved thousands of people and spawned millions of documents. Hibpshman, Director of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Litigation Records Appraisal and Processing Project, oversees the two-year effort to decide what to preserve and how to make it accessible. He will describe the collection, this project, and what it means to people in Alaska.

The series, hosted by the Alaska State Library, Archives and Museums, will be presented every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. through March 14. It is held annually in honor of A.P. Kashevarof, the first librarian and curator of the Alaska Historical Library and Museum, 1919-1940.

Here’s a look at the rest of the schedule:

Feb. 28: “Science and Ethics in the Care of Shipwreck Artifacts” with Ellen Carrlee, conservator, Alaska State Museums

March 7: “Cosmology of the Tlingit Longhouse” with Sorrel Goodwin, librarian, Alaska State Library Historical Collections

March 14: “Exploring the Archaeology of Alaska’s Colonial Russian Settlements” with Dave McMahan, state archaeologist, Office of History and Archaeology

Winter hours at the museum are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.


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