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Anchorage Museum Wins Grant



July 31, 2009

Anchorage Museum wins grant to develop first-ever Dena'ina history and
culture exhibit

Today the Anchorage Museum received a $147,736 grant, including an
additional $248,122 in matching funds, from the Institute of Museum and
Library Services to develop an exhibition on the history and culture of
the Dena'ina people. The as-of-yet untitled exhibition is tentatively
scheduled to open summer 2011 at the Anchorage Museum.

About 60 percent of Alaska's population lives within traditional
Dena'ina territory, yet there is little public awareness of the Dena'ina
people and their history. This exhibition of more than 200 objects will
bring to Alaska many early Dena'ina artifacts and help fill that
knowledge gap. These ancestral objects now reside in European museums,
far away from their culture of origin and those who would benefit most
from their legacy.

The Anchorage Museum has partnered with the Alaska Native Heritage
Center on this 5,000-square-foot exhibition, believed to be the first
exhibition on Dena'ina history and culture. The exhibition will bring
the Dena'ina story to life through re-created settings and hands-on

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (www.imls.gov
<http://www.imls.gov/> ) is the primary source of federal support for
the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Today the institute
announced more than $19 million in Museums for America grants for 167
museums, chosen from 433 applicants. Grants support high-priority
activities that advance the museums' missions and strategic goals,
helping them serve the public more effectively.

The Anchorage Museum (www.anchoragemuseum.org
<http://www.anchoragemuseum.org/> ) is the largest museum in Alaska, and
one of the top 10 most visited attractions in the state. The museum's
mission is to share and connect Alaska with the world through art,
history and science.

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