Egan introduces bill to name SLAM after Native historian

A bill introduced Friday aims to name Juneau’s new state library, archives, and museum after an Alaska Native historian.

 

Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau, sponsored on the Senate side legislation that would name the building, currently under construction downtown, after Fr. Andrew P. Kashevaroff, a scholar of Alaska Native and Russian descent and the state Division of Libraries, Archives & Museums’ first curator and librarian.

He spent his life studying Alaska’s diverse cultures before he died in 1940.

Juneau representatives will introduce the same bill on the House side. Rep. Cathy Muñoz, R-Juneau, said Kashevaroff was chosen as the namesake of the state museum because of his “interesting” background.

“His name was put forward by the director of state libraries,” she said. “It has a lot of support from the museum community, not only in Juneau but statewide.”

The Senate bill was referred to the State Affairs committee, chaired by Sen. Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak.

The SLAM building is scheduled to be completed in spring of 2016.

• Contact reporter Katie Moritz at 523-2294 or at katherine.moritz@juneauempire.com. Follow her on Twitter @katecmoritz.

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