New registrar hired at Alaska State Museums

Andrew Washburn has recently been hired as registrar for the Alaska State Museums, which includes the State Museum in Juneau and the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka.

Washburn, who earned a master’s degree in museum studies at San Francisco State University will be responsible for the documentation, colocation, physical preservation and storage of the State’s collections.

He is one of the museum professionals from around Alaska who traveled to Juneau this year to assist with the Alaska State Museums’s collection move to the newly constructed SLAM vault,

Washburn comes to the State Museums from the Tongass Historical Museum in Ketchikan where he was working as the Senior Curator of Collections. His start date with the museums is Sept. 15.

“This is an exciting and dynamic time to for the State Museum, as we occupy our new facility and work toward development of exhibits for the new State Libraries Archives and Museums building in the capital city,” said Chief Curator Addison Field in a release. “We are very excited to be able to bring a thoroughly trained and experienced professional such as Andrew, on to the team,”

The Alaska State Museum in Juneau is currently closed for continued construction of the new State Library, Archives, and Museum building. Founded in 1900 as the Territorial Historical Library and Museum, the museum and libraries today hold and exhibit a comprehensive and definitive collection of Alaska Native cultural, historical, natural history and art objects, as well as historical books, records, maps, photographs and film collections.

The new 118,000 square foot facility will feature museum galleries, a gift store, cafeteria, auditorium, classroom, reading room, research room, state and historical libraries, and state archives – all under one roof. It is scheduled to open in the spring of 2016.

The Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka is operating on summer hours through mid‑September, which are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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