About the Juneau-Douglas City Museum
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is a Blue Star Museum, which means we offer free admission with current military ID to active duty military personnel and up to 5 family members between May 30th and September 5th. For more information about the Blue Star Museum program, go to: https://www.arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums.
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum fosters among its diverse audiences an awareness of Juneau’s cultural heritage, values and community memory so we may draw strength and perspective from the past, inspire learning, and find purpose for the future. As a public trust, we collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit those materials that document the cultures and history of the Juneau and Douglas area.
About Our Building
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum resides in the Veterans Memorial Building which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 7, 2006. Completed in 1951, the building was the first major community project initiated by Juneau residents and housed the Juneau Memorial Library until the mid 1980s when the library outgrew the space and the City Museum took up residence. The building was also the site of the July 4th 1959 Statehood Ceremony where the 49-star flag was first flown in Alaska and still flies today. Protocol for the flags at this historic site is handled by Auke Bay Post 25 American Legion members. Follow the links below for more information.
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic Veterans’ organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime Veterans’ service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans. http://www.legion.org/.
Auke Bay Post 25 supports the community of Juneau by aiding families in obtaining VA grave markers, as pictured, and working with both cemeteries and Alaska Concrete Casting for the bases. Auke Bay Post 25 also receives unservicable flags and periodically properly disposes of the unservicable flags according to the US CODE while teaching Scouts the proper protocol for the disposal of flags. Auke Bay Post 25 places flags on veterans’ graves and conducts the Memorial Day service at Alaska Memorial Park. The Post can also provide guidance to veterans attempting to navigate the VA health care system and perform flag presentations at veterans’ funerals.
For more information about Auke Bay Post 25, find them on FaceBook or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.