PUBLISHED: 4:12 PM on Wednesday, October 4, 2006
Conference brings historians from Alaska
For the first time in more than 10 years, the Museums Alaska and Alaska Historical Society Annual Joint Conference is being held in Juneau. From October 4th through 7th, the public is invited to join historians and museum specialists from around the state and the country in discussions and lectures on a wide range of topics, from recent discoveries in historical research to new ideas on museum preservation and collections.

The conference, which is co-hosted this year by the Juneau-Douglas City Museum and the Gastineau Channel Historical Society, offers over 50 session topics and group discussions within the dual conference themes of: For Sale? Museums, Markets and the Ethics of Collecting - exploring a variety of perspectives on the legal and ethical issues involved in preserving cultural heritage, and

Passages: What Were They Seeking - discussions of how the historical passages through Southeast Alaska by people from around the world have shaped our region and the passengers themselves.

Conference attendees are invited to an opening reception at the Governor's Mansion, a closing banquet at Centennial Hall, and a myriad of fun and fascinating events and sessions in between, including such meaty topics as Animal Parts in Art: Legal Issues, and Artifacts of Loss: Collecting 9/11, Katrina, and other Disasters.

One of two Keynote Speakers, Dr. Ron McCoy of Emporia State University, will speak on the topic "The Past is Not Dead. . . It's not Even Past: Claiming and Reclaiming Cultural Heritage." Dr. McCoy is an award-winning author and has published numerous books and articles on museum collecting.

Joint Keynote Speaker Dr. Dave Arnold, of Columbia Basin College, will present research on "Passages and Frontiers: Navigating through History in Southeast Alaska," from his forthcoming book on historical fisheries in Southeast Alaska.

Also don't miss the silent benefit auction, industry trade show, extra lunchbox sessions, and all the optional pre- and post-conference tours and events.

Join us for the entire conference or just half a day. The full conference fee for the general public is $205, and includes all conference sessions, the Thursday luncheon, as well as the Friday night banquet. Half Day registration is $30, or come for a Full Day of information and lively discussions for $60. The student daily rate is $15. Registration begins Wednesday, October 4, from 12 - 4:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall and continues throughout the conference.

All of Juneau is invited to a free public lecture at the 20th Century Theatre on Wednesday, October 4, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Freelance appraiser and consultant Harmer Johnson will speak on "Ethics and Appraisal Challenges in the World-Wide Marketplace," based on his 45 years of experience dealing in historical objects, including time on the popular Antiques Road Show program.

Detailed information about the conference is available on-line at Questions can also be answered by the staff at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.