Local history and Native culture workshops offered at the city museum

Workshops are suitable for locals as well as those in the tourism industry

Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2010

Juneau History and Native Culture workshops will be offered at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum Monday, May 3, through Thursday, May 6.

Although these one-evening workshops are aimed at providing people in the tourism industry with accurate information about the Juneau area, they are also offered for members of the community who are planning on being "tour guides" to visiting family and friends or people who are interested in local history and culture.

The following workshops will be offered:

Juneau History 101

Delve into Juneau's unique history in this crash course on Juneau's past and present: from Tlingit fishing villages to the hey-day of hard rock mining to today. Local historian and researcher Jim Geraghty will lead a discussion of Juneau's historical sites, local lore and prepare participants for some of the most frequently asked questions of Juneau visitors.

This workshop will be offered from 6-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, and will be repeated on Thursday, May 6 at the same time.

Contemporary Expressions of Traditional Tlingit Culture

Gain an understanding of the history of the Native people of this area. Learn about Tlingit culture, social structure and contemporary issues with culture and language specialist Linda Belarde from the Sealaska Heritage Institute.

This workshop will be offered from 6-8:30 p.m. Monday, May 3, and will be repeated on Tuesday, May 4 at the same time.

Each workshop is $25 per person and includes a comprehensive packet of information for each participant.

Participants also receive 20 percent off museum gift shop items the evening of their training. Sign up three or more participants using the same method of payment and receive 20 percent off the cost of the workshop.

All workshop sessions will be held at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum located at the corner of Fourth and Main streets.

Registration forms are available on-line at www.juneau.org/parkrec/museum/classes, or at the Museum front desk.

Call 586-3572 to register or for more information.

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