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MATANUSKA-SUSITNA BOROUGH, ALASKA

GARDEN OF ALASKA

MUSEUMS, LIBRARIES AND HISTORICAL SOCIETIES
 
ALASKA STATEWIDE
Alaska State Library
Alaska Digital Archives
ANCHORAGE
Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum 4721 Aircraft Drive
Anchorage, AK 99502
Phone: 248.5325
Fax: 248.6391

20 aircraft of various types including a 1928 Stearman C2B, a 1934 WACO YKC, a 1929 Travelair 6000B, a 1937 F-24-G, a 1937 Stinson SR9 "Gullwing," a 1943 Grumman Goose and a 1943 PBY 5A Catalina Canso. Exhibits include The Aleutian Campaign during WWII; Wiley Post and Will Rogers; the search for Carl Ben Eielson; historic polar flights and much more. A selection of historic aviation videos, pioneer pilots and their achievements is shown in the theater. Museum shop sells models, pins, clothing, stuffed animals, postcards, jewelry and other items relating to aviation. A flight simulator is included in the cost of admission.

Alaska Heritage Museum at Wells Fargo 301 W. Northern Lights Blvd.
Anchorage, AK. 99510

Featuring large collections of Alaskan Native artifacts and Alaskan fine art, the museum also highlights the history of Wells Fargo during the Alaskan Gold Rush.

Alaska Historical Society P.O. Box 100299
Anchorage AK 99510-0299
Tel: (907) 276-1596
Alaska Masonic Library and Museum

(Current closed. Will be relocating)

Physical location:
518 E. 14th (14th and Eagle)
Mailing address:
PO 200441
Anchorage, AK 99514-3413
Phone: 276.2665
Email:
fairley@alaska.net

Library / museum of books and objects associated with Freemasonry- its history and philosophy-with an emphasis on Freemasonry in Alaska. Some general Alaskana.

Alaska Museum of Natural History 201 N. Bragaw
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone (907) 274-2400

Largest exhibits of rocks, minerals and exciting rare fossils in the state. Learn about North America's oldest duckbill dinosaur found in the local Talkeetna Mountains, as well as our major dinosaur discoveries of the 90s. Dioramas rich in ecology, large mammals and birds.

Alaska Native Heritage Center 8800 Heritage Center Drive
Anchorage, AK 99506
(907) 330-8000 - Phone
(800) 315-6608 - Toll Free
(907) 330-8030 - Fax

Striving to preserve the Native culture and heritage of the Alaskan people, the museum offers village exhibits, bringing to life the ways of the Aleut, Alutiiq, the Yup'ik and Qargi peoples.

Alaska State Trooper Museum Physical location:
245 W. Fifth Avenue
Mailing address:
PO 100280
Anchorage, AK. 99510-0280
Phone: 800-770-5050
Fax: 279.5054

The history of law enforcement in the Territory and State of Alaska is told in exhibits, memorabilia and photographs. A small gift shop is also located on the premises.

Anchorage Museum of History & Art 625 C Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone (907) 929-9200 tel
Fax (907) 929-9290 fax

Not only an art museum, the second floor gives visitors 15,000 square feet of Alaska history!. The exhibits are simply brimming with artifacts and displays devoted to the history of Alaska, the Aleuts, Eskimos and Indians, Learn about the gold rush, Russian settlement, WWII and the inception of Alaska as part of the United States.

Z. J. Loussac Public Library 3600 Denali Street
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone (907) 343- 2975
This is where the genealogy society meets. Also the society provides volunteers in the library's gen. dept. on Wed's. Access available to Heritage Quest census records thru the library's on line site. WONDERFUL. Anybody with a library card can access the site on-line.
Anchorage Museum - Rasmuson Center 121 West 7th Avenue
Anchorage 99501
Phone: 343.4326
Fax: 343.6149
Exhibits and collections represent Alaska's Natives, state history, and Alaskan art. Spacious galleries house informative and educational exhibits of the permanent collection and temporary exhibits from around the world. Education-based programs include: classes, tours, lectures, performances, and films. Special exhibits, classes and events for children. Facilities include: museum shop, cafe, library and archives. Accredited by the American Association of Museums.

Crow Creek Mine Crow Creek Mine
P.O. Box 113
Girdwood, AK 99587
Phone (907) 229-3105
Search for gold nuggets in a well-known gold mine which has produced over 45,000 ounces of gold! Try you luck, pan for gold and learn what the work of a miner was like during the gold rush days of Alaska. Location is on Seward Highway about one hour south of Anchorage, Alaska.

Eklutna Historical Park and Museum 16515 Centerfield Drive
Suite 201
Eagle River AK 99577

Oscar Anderson House Museum

420 M Street
Anchorage, AK. 99501
(907) 274-2336

Built in 1915 by Oscar Anderson (the city butcher), this was the first permanent frame home in Anchorage. Anchorage's only house museum (c. 1915), located adjacent to the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail with a sweeping vista of Cook Inlet. During guided tours, visitors will learn about the early history of Anchorage (Tent City, the Alaska Railroad, the land auction) and about Oscar Anderson, a Swedish immigrant and Anchorage pioneer and businessman, and his family. One of the city's first privately built permanent family residences, the small wood frame house has been restored to the 1915-1925 time period and contains many original fixtures and items belonging to the Anderson family, including a 1909 Hallet and Davis player piano.

Russian Orthodox Museum 605 A Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: 907.276.7257
Fax: 907.274.7257

Objects representing history of the Russian Orthodox Church in Alaska.

JUNEAU
Alaska State Archives PO Box 110525
141 Willoughby Avenue
Juneau, AK 99811-0525
Phone 907.465.2270
Fax: 907.465.2465
Alaska State Museum 395 Whittier Street
Juneau, AK 99801-1718
907.465.2901.
Fax: 907.465.2976

Established in 1900, the Museum collects, exhibits, and interprets the human and natural history of Alaska. The Museum features a full-size bald eagle nesting tree and extensive ethnographic exhibits on the cultures of Alaska's Native people. Two galleries offer changing exhibits. Docent tours scheduled throughout the summer. Arboretum on grounds features Alaska plants. The Museum provides statewide museum services and assists in the development of the state's cultural and historic resources. The Museum Store, operated by the Friends of the Alaska State Museum, offers a wide array of Native arts, publications, and educational materials. Accredited by the American Association of Museums.
Juneau-Douglas City Museum Mailing Address:
155 South Seward Street
Juneau, Alaska 99801

Physical Location:
corner of 4th and Main Street
(907) 586-3572

Exhibits and videos feature early Juneau life and gold mining history. Large relief map of Juneau, 500-700 year-old basketry-style fish trap, visitor information, historic downtown Juneau guide, and museum shop available. Art exhibits featuring local artists change Oct-April, local history exhibits change throughout the year.

Gastineau Channel Historical Society
PO Box 21264
Juneau, AK 99802
Phone: 907-586-5338
History of Juneau Online
Last Chance Mining Museum

PO Box 21264
Juneau AK 99802
(907) 586-5338

Located in the historic compressor building associated with the former Alaska Juneau Gold Mining Company which operated in Juneau from 1912 until 1944. The museum features one of the world's largest air compressors and other industrial artifacts associated with hard rock gold mining. The site also includes electric locomotives and rail cars which hauled men to the mine and ore to the mill. Access to the museum is via a short hike up the hill on a trail of uneven terrain-well worth the effort. Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Alaska Gold Rush Properties.

Alaska Historical Collections
Alaska State Library
Mailing Address:
PO Box 110571
Juneau, Alaska 99811-0571
Physical Location:
8th Floor State Office Building
333 Willoughby Ave.
Juneau, Alaska
Phone: 907.465.2925
Fax: 907.465.2990

Egan Library - University of Alaska Southeast 11120 Glacier Hwy (BE1)
Juneau, AK 99801
Circulation: 796-6300
Reference: 796-6502
Toll Free: 877-796-6502
Fax: 907-796-6302
Sealaska Heritage Institute One Sealaska Plaza, Suite 301
Juneau, Alaska 99801
Phone (907) 463-4844
Fax (907) 586-9293

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) is a regional Native nonprofit organization founded for the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people of Southeast Alaska. SHI was established in 1981 by Sealaska Corp., a for-profit company formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA).
House of Wickersham Physical location:
213 7th Street
Mailing address:
400 Willoughby Ave.
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone: 907.586.9001 or 907.465-2453
Historic home of Judge James Wickersham, first Alaska territorial delegate to Congress, Gold Rush judge, proponent of "home rule" and noted historian. Wickersham family heirlooms and Native arts and crafts, furniture, concert square piano.

PALMER
Colony House Museum / Palmer Historical Society

Physical location:
316 East Elmwood Ave.
Mailing address:
PO 1935
Palmer, AK 99645-1935
Phone: 907.745.1935
(Historical Society)

The house is an original "Colony Farm House" built expressly for the New Deal resettlement project sponsored in 1935 by the Roosevelt Administration. Visitors will learn the history of the Colony project, often first hand, from descendants of the original colonists who staff the house and serve as tour guides. The house is furnished ca. 1935-45, displaying some original furnishings supplied by Sears and Roebuck for the colonists.

Palmer Museum of History and Art Physical location:
723 S. Valley Way
(In the Palmer Visitors Center)
Mailing address:
723 S. Valley Way
Palmer, AK 99645
Phone/Fax: 907.746.7668

Exhibits depicting the Greater Palmer Regions art, history, and development: Alaska Native, Mining, Homesteading, Farming, 1935 Colony Project, Matanuska Maid Dairy. Agricultural showcase of Alaska vegetation, vegetable gardens with famous giant vegetables.

TALKEETNA
Talkeetna Historical Society Physical location:
Corner of First Alley & Village Airstrip
Mailing address:
PO Box 76
Talkeetna, AK 99676
Phone: 907.733.2487
Fax: 907.733.2484

History of Talkeetna including mining, railroad and flying. A 12-foot by 12-foot scale model of Mt. McKinley with photographs. Also mountain climbing displays.

SUTTON
Alpine Historical Society P.O. Box 266
Sutton, Alaska 99674
Phone: (907) 745-7000
The Alpine Historical Society (AHS) is a non-profit organization established to encourage the preservation and utilization of the Sutton and Chickaloon historic resources as a cultural, economic and educational asset for the community.
The Alpine Historical Society oversees the operation of the Alpine Historical Park in Sutton, AK which is host to the "Old Timer's Hall of Fame". Additionally the AHS hosts the annual Coal Miner's Ball, the Old Timer's community picnic, the Valley Trash Show and Shine Car Show, as well as participating in community events.
TRAPPER CREEK
Trapper Creek Museum Physical location:
Mile .75 west of Parks Highway
on Petersville Road
Mailing address:
PO Box 13011
Trapper Creek, AK 99683
Phone: 907.733.2557

The museum highlights the history of Trapper Creek, Cache Creek Mining District and Petersville Road. Displays include maps, pictures and artifacts reflecting the Gold Rush. The Trapper Creek area was settled in 1959 by a caravan of people who traveled from Michigan. Commonly referred to as the "59ers," those who stayed settled and homesteaded in Trapper Creek. They were solely dependent on the railroad for transportation, which meant crossing the Susitna River to reach the tracks. It was not until the mid-1970s that the community became linked to the Parks Highway

WASILLA
Dorothy Page Museum and Old Wasilla Townsite Park 323 North Main Street
Wasilla, AK 99654
Phone: 907.373.9071
Fax: 907.373.9072

Regional history of mining, farming, Alaska Native and natural history; and historic buildings. Much of the collection is owned by the Wasilla-Knik-Willow Creek Historical Society.

Knik Museum Physical location:
Mile 13.9 Knik Road
Mailing address:
300 N. Boundary Street
Suite B
Wasilla, AK 99654
Phone: 907.376.2005
Fax: 907.373.9072
Email:
wkwchistorical@hotmail.com

Located on the world-famous Iditarod Trail and housed in one of the two remaining buildings from Knik's original townsite, the Knik Museum features the Sled Dog Musher's Hall of Fame on the second floor. The museum building was previously used as a pool hall and roadhouse, and now contains a collection of clothing, dishes, furniture and artifacts from Knik's earlier days. Operated by the Wasilla-Knik-Willow Creek Historical Society.

Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry Physical location:
Mile 47, Parks Highway on Museum Drive
Mailing address:
PO 870646
Wasilla, AK 99687
Phone: 907.376.1211
Fax: 907.376.3082

More than 200 major artifacts include aircraft, construction and mining equipment, tractors and farm machinery, fishing boats, railroad locomotives and road vehicles. From manpower through the steam age, to modern aviation, descriptive signs let the machines tell the story of Alaska's development. An exhibit on Alaska's many railroads is housed in three W.W.II troop sleepers and a caboose. Expanded indoor gallery exhibits greet visitors year-round. Special summer events include the "Blast from the Past" and "Great Alaskan Antique Power Show." Atwood Park welcomes family and group picnics.

     

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