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RZ-271321-20

Anchorage Museum Association (Anchorage, AK 99501-3544)
Kirsten Anderson (Project Director: December 2019 to October 2020)
Julie Michelle Decker (Project Director: October 2020 to present)
Alaska Is: A Collaborative History of Alaska, Digital Publication Project

Preparation of an open-access digital history of Alaska. (35 months)

The Anchorage Museum is requesting support for the development of a collaborative, open-source digital textbook for the history of Alaska. The project will create a comprehensive resource that tells Alaska’s history with inclusive, multi-layered narratives and perspectives, broadening an understanding of Alaska’s place in regional, national, and international contexts. Through multimedia links with primary and secondary sources, new research and historic material, the publication will bring together curated content that fosters a robust understanding of Alaska as a place of extremes, as well as a place of constant change and resilience. It will build a foundation that can scale from broad chronological overviews, to the personal story, to archival images and art. It will honor the authentic voices of the state’s history, deepening an understanding of Alaska in the context of place, identity, and adaptation, with scholarship reaching across history, the humanities, and the social sciences.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Social Sciences, General; U.S. History

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$150,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 7/31/2023


HC-274971-20

Anchorage Museum Association (Anchorage, AK 99501-3544)
Julie Michelle Decker (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Increasing Digital Access to the North

Retention of three full-time positions and support for seven staff to digitize collections and publish online exhibitions and educational resources. 

A digital access project to make more available our collection of historical images, artworks and objects of material culture, as well as special collections, such as our sound ecology recordings, artist research, manuscripts, maps and other materials, and rapidly expanding digital collections. We will expand the ways we provide access to help a diverse public find and use the materials relevant to them and use the digital resources to create resources for teachers and students, to create virtual tours and exhibitions, to create catalogues and to create expanded digital archives.

Project fields:
Arts, General; History, General; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Digital Humanities)

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


TD-266435-19

Anchorage Museum Association (Anchorage, AK 99501-3544)
Julie Michelle Decker (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Alaska Documentary with Ric Burns

Development of a three-part documentary film on the history of Alaska produced through a partnership between the Anchorage Museum and Steeplechase Films.

The Anchorage Museum, in partnership with Steeplechase Films, will develop a three-part documentary series titled Alaska, produced for national broadcast. To date, no comprehensive documentary has been completed on the history and identity of Alaska. While Alaska continues to hold a strong focus for reality television and wildlife documentaries, a cohesive film based on scholarship, history and strong humanities content has not been accomplished. The film series will present the attraction that Alaska continues to hold in the American imagination, while also exploring the authentic history and experience of life in Alaska—how Alaska has emerged as a place of strong adaptation and resilience, of individualism mixed with community, innovation and diversity. The film series will explore the patterns, themes and stories of Alaska's peoples who have thrived with the land for generations--and those who are profoundly affected by either their visit or their life of calling Alaska home.

Project fields:
American Studies; U.S. History

Program:
Media Projects Development

Division:
Public Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$75,000 (approved)
$25,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2019 – 11/30/2021


GI-50674-14

Anchorage Museum Association (Anchorage, AK 99501-3544)
Julie Michelle Decker (Project Director: August 2013 to April 2016)
Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage Exhibition

Implementation of a traveling exhibition on James Cook's Third Voyage (1776-80), focusing on his travels around the Northwest coast and his attempt to find the Northwest Passage.

The Anchorage Museum, in partnership with the Washington State Historical Society and Cook Inlet Historical Society, will fabricate, and present a 7,500-square-foot exhibition on James Cook's Third Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, titled "Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage." The exhibition will open March 27, 2015 in Anchorage and run until September 11, at which time it will travel to the Washington State Historical Society in Tacoma. The exhibition will be part of the Municipality of Anchorage's Centennial Celebration. Although Cook spent time in southern seas en route to America, the prime focus of the exhibition will be the Northwest Coast, mainland Alaska, the Aleutian Islands, the Bering Sea, Siberia, Kamchatka, and the Arctic Ocean.

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Project fields:
History, General

Program:
America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2014 – 12/31/2015


PG-51831-13

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center (Anchorage, AK 99501-3544)
Sara J. Piasecki (Project Director: May 2012 to July 2014)
Anchorage Museum Moving Image and Audio Preservation Project

The hiring of two consultants to assess the condition of a moving-image collection and the archival rehousing of 48,000 feet of films in 8mm, 16mm, and 35mm formats; reels of videotape; inspection of 1/4" reel-to-reel, cassette, and Stereo 8 audio formats; and preparation of a preservation plan for these materials. The films date from the 1930s through 1970s and document aspects of Alaskan history. Among these films are the most complete 35mm print of "The Chechahcos," a 1924 silent film which was the first feature filmed entirely on location in Alaska; "People of the Tundra" and "Eskimo Guardsmen," both depicting Eskimo life and culture during World War Two"; "Alaska: 49th State"; and from the early 1990s: "Laurence of Alaska" and "Spell of the Yukon." The project would identify and stabilize fragile acetate motion picture film formats for long-term preservation; collect information about intellectual content of those materials to provide to researchers; inspect the audio formats in select collections; investigate other audio and video formats currently held by the Alaska Resource Center; and prepare a long-term preservation plan for all audiovisual materials in the collections.

The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center's Bob and Evangeline Atwood Alaska Resource Center seeks funding for a project to complete condition assessment and archival rehousing of moving image films, inspect 1/4" and cassette audio formats, and prepare a preservation plan for those materials. The moving images come from multiple collections and all document the history of Alaska. Films date from circa 1930s through 1970s, and depict a variety of activities and events in Alaskan history, including Alaska Native arts and culture, construction of the Alaska Highway, and life in rural Alaska. Many of the films were not commercially produced and are unique or rare prints. Audio materials include recordings of Alaska Native stories and songs and interviews with Alaska pioneers and Alaskan artists. These unique primary sources provide irreplaceable views of rural life, Alaska Native culture, and societal changes from territorial days through Alaskan statehood.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$5,850 (approved)
$5,850 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2013 – 6/30/2014


CH-50344-07

Anchorage Museum Association (Anchorage, AK 99501-3544)
Patricia B. Wolf (Project Director: November 2005 to November 2011)
Endowment for Professional Conservator at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art

Endowment to support a full-time conservator.

The Anchorage Museum Foundation requests a $300,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to be matched 3:1. The Challenge Grant and its match total $1.2 million, augmenting an existing endowed conservation fund of $500,000. The earnings from this fund will underwrite a full-time conservator in perpetuity thereby providing the financial stability to ensure the long-term impact of the position. A professional conservator will work as part of an interdisciplinary curatorial team to interpret and care for our collection, ensuring that irreplaceable items are available for the education, scholarship, advancement and enrichment of generations of museum visitors.

Project fields:
Anthropology

Program:
Challenge Grants

Division:
Challenge Programs

Totals (matching):
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (offered)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2004 – 7/31/2011


GM-50398-05

Anchorage Museum Association (Anchorage, AK 99501-3544)
Marilyn R. Knapp (Project Director: September 2004 to February 2007)
Planning for a New Alaska Gallery

Planning for a reinstallation of the museum's galleries that deal with Alaska history, with a special focus on the relationship between the people and the geographic place.

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2005 – 10/31/2006


GM-50256-04

Anchorage Museum Association (Anchorage, AK 99501-3544)
Christopher M. Chiei (Project Director: February 2004 to April 2006)
Alaska's Built Environment: The Enduring Impact of World War II Quonset Huts

Implementation of an exhibition, publication, and website interpreting the impact of Quonset huts on the built environment and culture of post-World War II Alaska.

Project fields:
Architecture

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$206,400 (approved)
$206,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2004 – 12/31/2005


GM-25296-95

Anchorage Museum Association (Anchorage, AK 99501-3544)
Ann Fienup-Riordan (Project Director: June 1994 to April 1997)
The Living Tradition of Yup'ik Masks

To support a traveling exhibition, a catalog, and public programs on the meaning of Yup'ik Eskimo masks and masked dance ceremonies.

Project fields:
Anthropology; Native American Studies

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/1995 – 12/31/1996


GM-25135-94

Anchorage Museum Association (Anchorage, AK 99501-3544)
Ann Fienup-Riordan (Project Director: June 1993 to July 1995)
Yup'ik Eskimo Masks

To support planning for a traveling exhibition, a publication, and programs on Yup'ik Eskimo masks.

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Project fields:
Anthropology

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$51,065 (approved)
$51,065 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/1994 – 12/31/1994