Monday, April 20, 2020

Newly released: At the APK episodes!

One of the things we really miss during the coronavirus closure is public programming. In the four years since we opened the APK, we've developed a regular series of author and artist talks, presentations by historians, film screenings, and youth art activities that highlight the collections and exhibits of the Library, Archives, and Museum in interesting and entertaining ways.

Thanks to a partnership with 360 North, we've been able to capture many of those programs on video. Our new 360 North producer, Bethany Lowrance, has edited and posted the latest season of episodes. Here are a few of our favorites from the past year.

Kirk Johnson and Ray Troll on Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline

Kirk and Ray, the scientist and the artist behind last summer's Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline exhibit, obviously have a great time when they get together, and so did the audience. Kirk, a paleontologist and director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, packed a ton of science into his presentation, illustrated by Ray's quirky humor.

Emily L. Moore on Proud Raven, Panting Wolf: Carving Alaska's New Deal Totem Parks

This talk and the accompanying book tie in perfectly to the Library, Archives, and Museum. One chapter focuses on the Proud Raven totem pole, previously called the Lincoln pole, on exhibit in the Museum's Foreign Voyagers gallery. Dr. Moore also used archival records and historic photographs to document the creation of southeast Alaska's most iconic tourist destinations.

Alaska State Museum staff presentations

I never get tired of hearing my colleagues share their knowledge, and we were fortunate to have three of them talk about some of their favorite topics in the past year.

Steve Henrikson presents The Case for Tranquility Base
For the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Curator of Collections Steve Henrikson recounts the saga of the Museum's missing moon rock, a real-life museum detective story complete with international intrigue, possible arson, and a top secret trip to NASA to retrieve "the football." The moon rock returned to Alaska and was one of the last exhibits in the old Museum before it closed in 2014.

Anjuli Grantham on Tin Can Country: Southeast Alaska's Historic Salmon Canneries
Curator of Museum Services Anjuli Grantham wears many hats, including historian and book editor. Along with contributing author and "fishtorian" Bob King, Anjuli talks about the role that salmon canneries played in Alaska history.

Andrew Washburn presents Illuminating Subjects: Snippets of Lighthouse History and Preservation in Alaska
Museum Registrar Andrew Washburn is both a museum professional and the Vice President of the Cape Decision Lighthouse Society. He combines these two roles in a presentation about the history of the lighthouse service in Alaska and the challenges and successes of groups preserving lighthouses around southeast.

The At the APK playlist includes other great episodes from previous seasons, including U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, Ken Coates on the Princess Sophia, Leland Hale on What Happened in Craig? and Tlingit master carver Wayne Price. A big thanks to 360 North for recording, editing, and posting these programs. Happy viewing!

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