Kodiak History Museum
in 2019, the Kodiak Historical Society completed a $750,000 Permanent Exhibits Redesign and Facility Upgrade Project with generous support from the City of Kodiak, Murdock Charitable Trust, Rasmuson Foundation and the community of Kodiak. The redesigned community center feature collaborative, community driven, approachable permanent exhibits that showcase Kodiak’s history.
Our mission is to facilitate exploration of the natural, cultural, and artistic heritage of Kodiak Island and surrounding communities to create opportunities for the public to discover, share, and exchange knowledge using the collections and resources made available through the operation of the Kodiak History Museum.
During the current coronavirus pandemic, the work of the Kodiak History Museum continues. However, in accordance with local and state mandates, our community center is temporarily closed to the public.
Museum staff will be working remotely and remain fully reachable via all of our normal technological channels (including phone and email) for any questions you may have.
Our core services of collections preservation and educational outreach will continue throughout closure. We invite you to submit research requests, explore online museum programming, or support the work of the Kodiak Historical Society through membership or donation online.
For the immediate future, educational programming will be hosted online. Please subscribe to our e-newsletter below or follow us on social media to stay apprised of museum happenings.
Our sincere thanks and gratitude are with the community of Kodiak, Alaskans, and beyond, who are adapting and responding to the urgent needs presented by this historic pandemic.
The Day by Day Project
The COVID-19 pandemic is historic.
Help us create a collection of digital files that represent our experience in Kodiak–a day by day view of this history for years to come.
You can submit photographs, mandates, speeches, audio recordings, personal histories, thoughts, and feelings, letters, notices and signs, social media posts, screenshots, memes…Anything you think that helps represent this history on Kodiak! Visit the Day by Day Project to learn more.
We Need Your Help!
Our team is getting ready for a big pivot to serve our communities 100% remotely while the museum is closed. Without admissions, store sales, and educational programming revenue–we need your support more than ever. Please consider making a gift or becoming a member to support the museum’s mission to preserve and share Kodiak’s history. Quyanaa!
Kodiak History Museum Events and Resources During the Closure
Take Care, Friends.
KHM is Temporarily Closed
The Kodiak Historical Society appreciates that the decision to close public schools in Alaska was not made lightly. In support of that decision, the Kodiak History Museum will remain closed until further notice to help protect and care for our island community. Please join us for online programming and exhibit experiences as we shift and grow in the coming weeks.
Quyanaasinaq, friends, and take care.
See Stories is partnering with Bitanga Productions and the Kodiak History Museum to host a virtual film workshop for Kodiak youth ages 13-18. The workshop will take place online this August, giving students the opportunity to create short documentary films about the intersection of culture and COVID-19 on Kodiak. The workshop is titled Culture and COVID-19: Kodiak Youth Documents their Pandemic Journey.
This workshop was founded at the Kodiak History Museum in 2011, and the Museum won the 2016 National Youth Arts and Humanities Programs Award for the film program from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. These are the amazing films you may have seen featured on the touch screen in our Kitchen Exhibit!
Youth participants will engage with the workshop as interns, creating vital content to preserve Kodiak’s history. There will be an online culminating film screening for everyone to learn from and celebrate youth-created documentary films. Youth ages 13 – 18 interested in learning more or applying can do so at the link below. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 24th and there is no cost for the workshop!
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