Juneau-Douglas City Museum has organized two opportunities to learn more about Juneau history during the month of May, open to both locals and visitors.
Historic Downtown Walking Tours will be held Friday, May 23 and Tuesday, May 27 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Participants will meet at the City Museum but then head to Alaska’s Capital Inn for some light refreshment before the walk begins. Built in 1906 by Gold Rush pioneer John Olds, this fully restored home overlooking downtown Juneau is a fitting place to begin a trip back in time. The tour will consist of an hour and a half of moderate walking, covering about 10 blocks of stories about the past 134 years since Joe Juneau and Richard Harris staked mining claims in Silverbow Basin. Tickets for the tour are $25 for an adult, $20 for a child, and free to Friends of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum at the Fellow level or higher. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required as spots are limited to 10 people per tour.
Next, Mike Satre of Hecla Greens Creek Mining Company will deliver a lecture he calls Mining 101 on Friday, May 30, at 7 p.m. Satre will explain the basics of mining methods of the past and the present, introducing participants to terms like stopes, winzes and wilfley tables. This program takes place in the Hickel Room at Centennial Hall and costs $10 per adult and $7 for seniors or children. It is free for Friends of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum at the Patron Level or higher. Reservations can be made in advance by contacting the Museum or payment can be made at the door.
For more information regarding these programs and how to register call 586-3572 or visit www.juneau.org/museum. The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is closed for the month of May but reopens June 2.