The following education kits and resources are free to borrow for educational use and may be picked up at any CBJ Library or the City Museum. To reserve an education kit or other resource, please complete a Checkout Form.
(DVD) Gold Town The Story of Juneau (1995)
This 28-minute docudrama depicts the people and incidents that led to the discovery of gold and the subsequent development of Juneau and Douglas. Created by Lisle Hebert in 1995, the film is based upon the books, The Founding of Juneau and Old Gold by Robert DeArmond, and Hard Rock Gold by David and Brenda Stone.
These digital stories were created by 6th grade students at Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School and 7th grade students at Floyd Dryden Middle School with direction from JDCM staff during the 2007-2008 school year. Stories fall into four main categories:
Alaska’s Capital – Sitka to Juneau, Early History (Russian Alaska), To Move the Capital: Pro and Con, Juneau’s Gold Mining History, Alaska’s Government
The Quest for Statehood – Process of Becoming a State, Parts 1&2; Bartlett and Gruening: Alaska’s Dynamic Duo; Judge James Wickersham; An In-Depth Look at Alaska’s Model Constitution; How Statehood Affected the Native Community; Looking Back at 50 Years of Statehood
Elizabeth Peratrovich and Civil Rights in Alaska – Civil Rights in Alaska: Roy and Elizabeth Peratrovich, Parts 1&2; ANB & ANS
Cultures of Juneau – The Haida, The Tlingit, Anglo-Europeans, Filipinos in Alaska, Polynesians in Alaska
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum celebrates local history with this DVD, created in 2006 by museum staff, volunteers, and community members. This 26-minute documentary highlights local history, culture, and heritage. It begins with an introduction to Tlingit life in the Juneau area, follows the city’s history through the gold rush days and the fight for statehood. This is the same video that the Museum shows in our Video Room and would make a great introduction to the Museum before a visit.
KIT DESCRIPTION: Grades 6-12 Includes detailed lesson plans. Students identify common man-made and natural disasters, compare and contrast artifacts and archives and a museum’s role in maintaining artifacts & archives, identify local disasters and evaluate how to prepare for a disaster, choose items that should be included in an emergency response kit, and evaluate difficult real-life scenarios that are targeted to their age group and refer to known localities in Juneau. The following items are included in the kit:
KIT DESCRIPTION: Grades 3-5. Includes detailed lesson plans. Students try a funnel trap, describe what a trap is, what its purpose is, and what makes it effective. Students observe the Kaxdegoowu Héen Sháali (Montana Creek Fish Trap), learn about traditional Tlingit fishing and the making of the replica trap housed at the City Museum. Students design a trap using everyday materials and present their findings. The following items are included in the kit:
KIT DESCRIPTION: Grades K-4. Includes detailed lesson plans. This kit is designed to take the learner from the basics of understanding what an artifact is, to using artifacts to help tell stories of the past, in particular, the past as it relates to the communities and people of Juneau and Douglas Alaska. Learners will visit the City Museum to observe artifacts in the Museum setting. The following items are included in the kit:
KIT DESCRIPTION:Grades 3-5. Includes detailed lesson plans. Students observe a model Tlingit canoe, learn about Tlingit navigation of waterways and use of local materials, Tlingit paddling phrases, and the steps of canoe construction.Students describe what a boat is (specifically a canoe), what its purpose is, and what makes it effective. Students design a boat using everyday materials and present their findings. The following items are included in the kit:
This three-part edition was published in 1987 in celebration of the Empire's 75th anniversary. Each part contains articles on various facets of Juneau history, as well as reproductions of historic articles.
The following materials are free to download for personal or educational use. For more information, please call the City Museum at 907-586-3572.
Outdoor I Spy Activity
The Outdoor I Spy activity takes users on a 20 to 30 minute walk in the downtown Juneau historic district, searching for the sites of 6 visual clues. At each discovery, there is information to share about the building’s or monument’s history and significance. The brochure is best printed double-sided and folded together into a booklet. The visual clues found on the last page of the download can be printed and cut apart into cards to show to or hand out to the I-Spy players.
Can you find these poles? The checklist below names 20 locations around Juneau where totem poles or carved markers are found, with pole and carver names included. Links to other resources for learning about totems are listed under the checklist.
A manual for teachers about the creation, history, and use of canoes by the Tlingit and Haida people of Southeast Alaska and the Yakutat area. Educators may also borrow a physical copy of the manual from the Museum. These files are larger PDFs and may take a while to load.
The Alaska Native Brotherhood: A Centennial Celebration (2012 Exhibit)
See the link below for PDF copies of the 2012 exhibit panels which cover the 100-year history of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and also provide some history for the Alaska Native Sisterhood. Several of the exhibit panels are available for educators to borrow, and the Museum also has some panels on display that classes can view on a Museum visit.