Question: What aspects of Kodiak history and culture do you think it important to see in new exhibits in the museum?
Topic / % that agree and strongly agree
Russians in Alaska 91.1%Natural Disasters 87.5%
Immigration and Cultural Diversity 80.9%
Commercial Fisheries 78.8%
Recent Past 77.9%
Alutiiq History and Culture 73%Business and Industry 66.6%
Fine Arts 60.9%
Community Development 56.3%
Note: Bold indicates most common answer was "strongly agree."
From this information and other data gathered through the survey and conversations, museum staff came up with the two "big ideas" that will guide the new exhibitions:
- Kodiak is an international crossroads/ Kodiak is a crossroads of diversity
- The Russian American Magazin has witnessed 200 years of Kodiak history
So, where are we now? While we still have lots of work to do, thanks to the participation of the Kodiak community, we have determined that the exhibits will discuss the following aspects of Kodiak history, and whenever possible, examine the history through the eyes of the building:
A Russian Colony in an Alutiiq Land: We will show Kodiak in the international realm of the 18th/ 19th centuries and show the connections that existed on the ground between Russian and Alutiiq peoples. The Russian-American Company was completely dependent on Kodiak Alutiit. As a result, we propose to look at the Russian era with an eye towards the czar and an eye towards the sea otter hunter.
From Eastern Frontier to "Out the Westward": Kodiak Becomes American: What happened when Russia left, and U.S. officials rarely showed their faces?
Local Resources in an International Market: The fur trade (from the Russian fur trade to fox farms in the 1930s) and commercial fishing have attracted diverse individuals to Kodiak, and the commodities were/ are important to international markets.
Forces of Change: The Katmai eruption in 1912, World War Two, and the 1964 earthquake and tsunami profoundly changed Kodiak.
What do you think about these ideas? Please call (486-5920) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), or leave a comment below to share your thoughts. We will be hosting other community conversations in the near future, so please keep your eyes open for announcements.