Tag Archives: Baranov Museum

Alutiiq museum to purchase five more local art pieces

Detail of Ing’iq (Barometer Mountain), oil on canvas, by Genevieve Opheim. (Courtesy of Alutiiq Museum) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alutiiq Museum will purchase five more pieces by local artists through the Rasmuson Foundation art acquisition fund. The different mediums and art forms all feature a little bit of island life. Alf Pryor’s photographs feature the remnants of a former cannery. Genevieve ... Read More »

Alaska’s oldest building and its ghost story

Baranov Museum’s Michael Bach stands in room where the murder took place in 1886. (Photo by Kayla Desroches/KMXT) Kayla Desroches/KMXT If any historical site on Kodiak can claim to be haunted, it’s probably the Baranov Museum. The Russian-American magazin, a former warehouse, is the oldest building in Alaska. The Russian-American Company built it between 1805 and 1808 and the Erskine ... Read More »

Baranov Museum Celebrates Transfer of Alaska to the United States

Baranov Museum. (Photo by J. Stephen Conn / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT Wednesday marked the 150th anniversary of the transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States. Baranov Museum collections manager Michael Bach says many people have referred to the 1867 purchase as Seward’s Folly. “It was viewed as a mistake and there’s contention because at that time it wasn’t ... Read More »

Baranov Museum Curator of Education Settles In

Natalie Trenery. (Photo courtesy of Natalie Trenery) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Baranov Museum hired a new curator of education this summer. Natalie Trenery says this is her first museum job. She says she used to work as a teacher’s aide and ran an art studio out of her home, where she did art classes for adults and kids. One of her ... Read More »

Baranov Museum Redesigns Ground Floor

A look into one of the museum’s exhibits. (Courtesy of the Baranov Museum) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Baranov Museum is redesigning its exhibits. Executive Director Sarah Harrington says staff reached out for public input when they began the process in 2012. “What we found is we had a lot of feedback based on the fact that our current exhibits were not ... Read More »

Art Exhibit Features Relationship Between Alaskans and Salmon

Deborah Bitanga. (Photo by Kayla Desroches / KMXT) Kayla Desroches/KMXT A multimedia art exhibit Thursday night encouraged discussion about the relationships between Alaskans and salmon. The Baranov Museum displayed the locally-made photographs and art pieces via projector. Local Deborah Bitanga was among the featured artists. She completed her drawing as part of Washington University’s Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program. She ... Read More »

Talk of the Rock: Alaska Salmon Fellows

On today’s Talk of the Rock, host Kayla Desroches speaks with writer and historian Anjuli Grantham about the Alaska Salmon Fellows, a group of Alaskans addressing fishing industry issues and discussing solutions. Also, Baranov Museum executive director Sarah Harrington will talk about the museum’s upcoming art night featuring outdoor projections about salmon. One artist, Deborah Bitanga, explains her piece and ... Read More »

Students Document Family Stories

(left to right) Student Anielys Varga, Baranov Museum curator of education Natalie Trenery, student David Castro, and Deborah Bitanga, who’s helping out on the intensive. (Photo by Kayla Dersoches / KMXT) A group of students recently created short documentaries telling the stories of how their families came to Kodiak. The Baranov Museum partnered with St. Mary’s Middle School on the ... Read More »

Baranov Museum Hires Collections Manager

Michael Bach. Kayla Desroches / KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT An active member of the Alutiiq language scene in Kodiak has joined the Baranov Museum staff as collections manager. Michael Bach previously worked at the Alutiiq Museum and taught an Alutiiq language immersion preschool with the Sun’aq Tribe. He says his time at the Alutiiq Museum ended with the grant that funded ... Read More »

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