Museum Job in Remote Alaskan Town

As my MA program in American History and Museum Studies winds down, I’m pleased to say I have a fairly excellent summer job lined up.  In late June I’ll be heading across the continent to help to set up a local history museum in Tenakee Springs, Alaska!

Tenakee Springs is a remote town off the road system, accessible only by sea plane or a six-hour ferry ride from Juneau.  Approximately 100 people live there year-round, though in summer visitors are drawn by the natural hot springs, whale-watching possibilities, and scenic location.

Regarding the town’s history, here’s a quote from its web site:

At one point Tenakee was known as “Robbers Roost” stemming from bank robbers and other outlaw types reportedly hiding out here.  The most notorious of these were members of the Soapy Smith gang who were said to have settled here after Smith’s death in 1899.  Gambling and prostitution were part of the rowdy frontier town.  There was no reliable law and order here in until 1917 when Deputy U.S. Marshall and a U.S. Commissioner began making regular visits.

My two-month position is funded by Alaska State Museums.  I’ll be helping to transition the volunteer-run Tenakee Historical Collection into a small museum by cataloguing objects and documents, preparing for exhibits, and pitching in with anything else that needs to be done.

This will be my home in Tenakee — a cabin in the woods!


I’ll be blogging through the summer, so stay tuned!

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5 responses to “Museum Job in Remote Alaskan Town

  1. Tenakee is a really amazing place. Check out my site and click on Ports of Call in the highlights menu. You will find a great post about Tenakee.

    • Wow, interesting site and photos! Your entry on Tenakee made me all the more excited about going there. I’m very curious to know what the Tea Kettle Garden is!

      • I’m sure you will see it! You will probably see my two boys running around town at some point this summer. We have a home there too. The house to the right of city park is our family’s

    • Neat, maybe we’ll run into each other out there.
      Also, thanks for being this blog’s very first commenter!

  2. Pingback: Preserving Tenakee’s Attic | wunderplatz

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