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A Lifetime of Moxie – November 2017

Exhibit runs through Saturday, November 25, 2017


“Untitled (Glacier)” by Sharron Lobaugh. Image courtesy of the Lobaugh family.

The family of Sharron Lobaugh (Nov 13, 1937 - Mar 13, 2017) with assistance from the City Museum, will be exhibiting some of Sharron’s art this November. Sharron Lobaugh was a wife, mother of four, artist, teacher, and mental health advocate. As an artist, Sharron was known for her watercolor landscapes of Juneau and Southeast Alaska. Since arriving in Juneau in 1962, Sharron painted, sold, and exhibited works, and was actively involved in the arts community. For several years, she was President of the Alaskan Arts and Crafts Inc. She chaired the 1967 Alaska Purchase Centennial Statewide Jury Exhibit, was appointed by Governor Hickel to the first Alaska State Council on the Arts, and was a founding member of the Friends of the Alaska State Museum.

The exhibit will open with a First Friday Reception on November 3, 2017, and run through November 25th.



    USS Juneau CL-52 Presentation Silver Service Set

    Exhibit runs through Sunday, April 15, 2018


    USS Juneau Silver Service Set Cup, on loan from the United States Navy. JDCM L2015.02.006

    The USS Juneau Presentation Silver Set, on loan from the U.S. Navy, will be back out on view starting in October. The punch bowl, ladle, two candlesticks, and a few cups will be accompanied by the history of the three USS Juneau ships, a crew list form the CL-52, a WWII-era Sullivan Brothers Poster, and a photograph of the CL-52. The Presentation Silver was purchased by the City of Juneau and presented as a gift to the USS Juneau CL-52 upon her launching by then Mayor Harry I. Lucas and his wife, who attended the New Jersey based ceremony. October 25th marks the 76th anniversary of the USS Juneau CL-52’s launching and this coming November marks the 75th anniversary of her sinking.

    A thank you to the Mendenhall Flying Lions for helping the Museum locate the Silver Set and for their assistance in bringing it back to Juneau. The Silver will be on view through mid-April.



      Valley Library Satellite Exhibit: History Mystery

      Exhibit runs through Sunday, April 15, 2018


      Mystery Object #5, JDCM EDU.0682

      This interactive exhibit examines ideas about technology in relation to the Juneau Public Libraries’ Big Read and Discover Tech projects. From mid-September 2017 through mid-April 2018, several objects from the Museum’s Education Collection will be on display at the Valley Library. They are all pieces of technology that were once considered innovative solutions that improved people’s quality of life or made a profession’s work easier and more accurate. While operational, not all of these objects are still in everyday use, many having been replaced with more technologically-based modern alternatives.

      The public is invited to use their imagination and powers of observation to envision what these objects are and to write their own museum labels, either imaginative or historic. Label templates may be picked up at the Valley Library front desk. Completed labels need to be turned in to the library before November 30th. People may fill out and turn in as many labels as they wish. City Museum staff will choose two labels for each object, best historical and most creative, and these will be posted in the display case from January to mid-April.



        Douglas Library Satellite Exhibit: Disasters at Home, 1936 Landslide

        Exhibit runs through Sunday, April 15, 2018


        "Landslide," by Trevor Davis, 1936. From the Wallis George collection donated by Carol Zebold. JDCM 2013.14.145.

        This exhibit features eight photographs of the 1936 landslide that covered sections of downtown Juneau, text describing this historic event, and a word cloud generated from newspaper articles from the day. Also in the exhibit are first aid related items from the City Museum’s collection. The exhibit is on display through mid-April 2018.



          1867-2017: 150 Years of Change: Áak’w Aani (small lake tribe land) at the Time of Purchase

          Exhibit runs through Sunday, December 31, 2017


          Entryway exhibit panels

          The City Museum’s entryway exhibit describes three areas of the Áak’w Aaní in 1867 as compared to 2017: Aanchgaltsóow (now Auke Recreation Area), Áak’w Táak (now the Mendenhall Valley), and Dzantiki’i Héeni (now downtown Juneau). These panels were produced through a combined effort between the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, Richard Carstensen from Discovery Southeast, and the Friends of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. Richard Carstensen’s presentation related to the panels can be viewed on Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/216131722.



            John Hyde Photographs

            Exhibit runs through Sunday, December 31, 2017


            Low Tide at Eagle Beach, October 2013, photograph by John Hyde. Purchase of this artwork has been made possible through the generous support of the Rasmuson Foundation Art Acquisition Fund, JDCM 2015.20.003

            During the summer of 2015 the City Museum was able to purchase 14 photographic prints by John Hyde. The purchase was made possible through the generous support of the Rasmuson Foundation Art Acquisition Fund. Beginning in March 2017, seven of those photographs will go on view in the Video Room Gallery. Each photograph will be accompanied by a label discussing the place or subject of the print – including Eagle Beach, bald eagles, Hole in the Wall Glacier, and humpback whales, among others. The First Friday exhibit opening will be on March 3rd, 4:30-7:00pm and will be on view through the end of 2017.



              It’ji Shaanáx: The Glowing Valley

              Exhibit runs through Sunday, December 31, 2017


              Early Morning, Juneau, Alaska, c. 1920-1924, by Sydney Laurence. Donated by the Friends of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, JDCM 2010.24.001.

              It’ji Shaanáx (the glowing valley) is the Tlingit name for Perseverance Valley located at the base of Mount Juneau or yadaa.at kalé (beautifully adorned face). This exhibit will look at Mount Juneau through art and recreation. Thirteen paintings and photographs featuring Mount Juneau will be on view, along with four pieces of hiking gear, all from the City Museum’s permanent collection. The exhibit will open in the Map Case Gallery with a First Friday reception on January 6th, 2017. The exhibit will be on view through the end of 2017.



                The SS Princess Sophia's Last Voyage

                Exhibit runs through Monday, January 1, 2018


                SS Princess Sophia porthole, JDCM 81.21.006.

                All 343 passengers perished on the SS Princess Sophia when she hit Vanderbilt Reef while on route from Skagway to Seattle on October 19, 1918. The last sailing south of the season before winter set in, the ship received permission to carry more than her licensed 250 passengers. This exhibit in the general history gallery tells the story of its stranding on the reef and the futile attempts by Juneau boats to help the ship. Artifacts recovered from the ship on view.



                  Winter & Pond, Juneau Photographers

                  Exhibit runs through Monday, April 30, 2018


                  Who were Winter and Pond, known by many for their widely reproduced photographs of Juneau and the surrounding areas from 1893 on? This exhibit in our general history gallery features information about each man, their business, and their Century No. 2 camera and Century No 2 stand that they took out with them into the rugged Alaskan landscape to shoot their photos. Test your knowledge of the history of photography in the 12 Milestones in the History of Photography Interactive.





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