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Disasters At Home: Photographs from the City Museum Collection
Exhibit runs through Saturday, November 26, 2016
Gold Creek Flooding, 1918, JDCM 2005.38.006
In conjunction with Communities, Disaster and Change which is on display during the month of November (see below), the Museum's video and map case galleries feature historical photographs documenting 11 homegrown disasters - fires, land and snow slides, and floods - spanning the years 1911 when the Juneau Hotel burned to the 2006 fire at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Each photograph is paired with historical text and a word cloud generated from newspaper articles from the day.
The exhibit opens Friday, October 2nd, with a First Friday reception from 4:30 to 7:00 pm and will be on view for a full year, through November 26, 2016.
Solo Exhibit: Paintings by David Woodie
Exhibit runs through Saturday, October 29, 2016
Alexandra Bookless by David Woodie, oil on canvas mounted on panel.
The work of Juneau artist David Woodie will fill our Murray Gallery beginning in May and remain up throughout our summer season. Woodie has exhibited at the City Museum in the past, as well as at other prominent venues around the state including the Alaska State Museum and the Anchorage Museum of History and Art.
David Woodie began painting after almost two decades in Alaska as a logger and commercial fisherman. For the past thirteen years he taught drawing, painting, art history and design at the University of Alaska Southeast. His work displays a unique personal style about shared experience in ‘life on the last frontier’.
Drilling & Milling: Hands-on Mining
Brass-in and put on your hard hat and come explore Juneau's early mining history and mining practices in our interactive Museum environment. The room includes an interactive stamp mill; a model of Treadwell with sliding panels depicting the infamous cave-in in 1917; a weights and measures station with activity sheets; and a mineral i.d. station. Our interactive stamp mill was produced courtesy of Greenscreek Mining Company.
In Our Video Room: Juneau, City Built on Gold
"Lights of Juneau", 1931, Fred Ordway, JDCM 2000.16.001
Created by museum staff, volunteers and community members, this 26-minute documentary plays in our video room year-round, highlighting local history, culture, and heritage. It begins with an introduction to Native Alaskan (Tlingit) life in the Juneau area and follows the city's development and history through the gold rush days and the fight for Alaska's statehood.
Learn about Juneau's History of Hydropower
Juneau's combination of precipitation and lots of elevation makes Juneau an ideal location for hydro (water) power. Hydropower harnesses the force or energy of moving water and converts this kinetic (moving) energy into mechanical (machine) energy. Built in 1914, the Salmon Creek Dam was the first constant angle arch design dam in the world. This unique design reduced construction costs by 20%, because it required 25% less concrete to build. Visit the museum to generate power, Juneau style. Our hydropower interactive was produced courtesy of AEL&P.
Montana Creek Fish Trap & Replica
This 500-700 year old Native fish trap is the first basketry-style fish trap to be discovered in an archaeological context on the Northwest Coast. Suspended above the original fish trap is a full scale replica built in 2006 with the support from Sealaska Corporation, a grant from the Alaska Humanities Forum and a Grant-In-Aid from the Alaska State Museum. This exhibit project was awarded The American Association of State and Local History 2008 Merit and WOW award. The exhibit also features a hands-on fish trap model, footage from the 1991 excavation of the fish trap, courtesy of Greg Chaney, and the Montana Creek Fish Trap brochure.
Outdoor Recreation: Skiing & the Dan Moller Cabin
A Charter member of the Juneau Ski Club, Dan Moller came to Juneau 1934 as the general Emergency Conservation Work foreman for the US Forest Service. He was in charge of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) work crews that constructed the trail to Second Meadow, the site of the 1st ski area in Juneau and the original cabin that later bore his name. The cabin was determined to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places for its association with the Civilian Conservation Corps, for its role in development of the growth of recreation and skiing, and its long association with the Juneau Ski Club. Following the USFS's assessment of the cabin, they approached the City Museum to help interpret this important part of Juneau history since the cabin could not be saved.
Politics, Personalities & Power
View digital stories about the Quest for Statehood and Alaska's Capital on either of these interactive kiosks located in our Politics, Personalities and Power gallery.
As the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, it seems only fitting to have an exhibit dedicated to Juneau as Alaska's Capital City. The exhibit features a detailed timeline of events that shaped our capital, artifacts from capital move campaigns and interactive touch-screens that feature a number of historical and cultural topics including: The Quest for Statehood, Elizabeth Peratrovich and Civil Rights, Alaska's Government and Cultures of Juneau.
The Museum's digital stories project received the Leadership in History Award of Merit from the American Association of State and Local History in September 2011.
U.S. Bureau of Mines: Assay Lab
Bureau of Mines Assay Lab. JDCM 2006.06.040G.
This exhibition is a diorama of the fire assay lab that operated on Mayflower Island from the early 1950s until 1996. Check out the recently added display panels explaning the assaying process used by the US Bureau of Mines to determine the content of gold in rock samples collected throughout the state.