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JUNEAU - Bob Banghart of Juneau has been named Chief Curator at the Alaska State Museums. Banghart replaces Bruce Kato, who retired in July.
The Alaska State Museums, which is part of the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development, operates the Alaska State Museum in Juneau and the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka. Additionally, the State Museums provides grants and technical assistance to local museums statewide, develops exhibitions that tour Alaska communities, offers virtual access to its collections and exhibitions and provides educational resources to Alaska's schools and communities.
Banghart will supervise a permanent staff of 15, temporary summer staff, and an operating budget of approximately $1.7 million.
"Bob's experience with Alaskan museums and cultural centers will help forward our division's goal of providing educational resources for students and researchers," said Linda Thibodeau, Director of the Division of Libraries, Archives & Museums. "I look forward to working with him."
Banghart was Curator of Exhibition at the Alaska State Museums from 2007 to 2009 and the founder and principal of Banghart & Associates from 1976 to 2006.