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Third Friday Program: Object Stories at the City Museum

Posted: January 16, 2014 - 1:02am
Metal Berry Picker (JDCM 94.41.001) was selected by Alida Bus for the "Ordinary Things/Extraordinary Tales" exhibit at the city museum.   Courtesy of JDCM
Courtesy of JDCM
Metal Berry Picker (JDCM 94.41.001) was selected by Alida Bus for the "Ordinary Things/Extraordinary Tales" exhibit at the city museum.

In conjunction with the community-curated exhibit “Ordinary Things/Extraordinary Tales” the Juneau-Douglas City Museum will host an evening of object-inspired storytelling on Friday, Jan. 17, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Community members are invited to share stories about significant objects in their lives -- and are encouraged to bring their objects with them. It is suggested that stories be approximately three minutes (or less) in length and tellers of all ages are invited. Those wishing to participate as show-and-tellers should consult the museum’s website for more details or call Marjorie Hamburger at 586-0966; however, there should be room for any tellers who just show up.

The museum’s January exhibit, “Ordinary Things, Extraordinary Tales” which opened on First Friday, features 13 “object stories” gathered from the community. Each of the guests worked with Curator of Collections Jodi DeBruyne and Curator of Public Programs Marjorie Hamburger to select a utilitarian object from the museum’s collection, and then wrote a 250-word personal response to their object, with the idea of increasing its meaning to the audience or illuminating the way it shapes our existence. The Portland Art Museum’s “Object Stories,” a similar show that began in 2010, was part of the inspiration for this project.

Participating community members in the exhibit are Art Rotch, Alida Bus, Annie Calkins, Ernestine Hayes, Aaron Elmore, Shgen George, Ross Soboleff, Rhona Gardinier, Emily Wall, Amy Fletcher, Tony Newman, Paul Gardinier and Tom Cosgrove.

For more information regarding this event, exhibit or other upcoming programs, visit www.juneau.org/parkrec/museum or call 586-3572. The Juneau-Douglas City Museum’s fall/winter hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free during the month of January in memory of Harold O. Fossum.

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