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Become a City Museum Volunteer Today!

Become a City Museum Volunteer Today!

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum? Volunteering with us is a great way to find out! Volunteers do not need to be history experts, they just need to be enthusiastic, responsible, and willing to learn.

We are always recruiting for volunteers to help staff the reception desk, to act as walking tour guides in the summer, and/or to assist the Curator of Collections with collections maintenance. Click the link below for more information and to find an application form.

Book Signing with Author, Mary Ehrlander: September 22nd

Book Signing with Author, Mary Ehrlander: September 22nd

  • Saturday, September 22nd
  • 10:30am - Noon
  • FREE

Come enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and meet author, Mary F. Ehrlander. Ehrlander is the director of Arctic and Northern Studies and a professor of history at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is also the author of the book, Walter Harper: Alaska Native Son. This book details the life of a remarkable Irish-Athabascan man whose life was cut short, at the age of twenty-five, in the Princess Sophia disaster of 1918. Copies of Walter Harper: Alaska Native Son will be available for purchase in the Museum Store.

Historic Treadwell Walking Tour with Jim Geraghty: August 18th“Treadwell Gold Mines,” c1915, by John E. Thwaites. Donated by Dr. and Mrs. Alden Lank. JDCM 86.17.004.

Historic Treadwell Walking Tour with Jim Geraghty: August 18th

  • Saturday, August 18th
  • 3:00-4:30pm
  • $25 for adults; $20 for ages 12 and under
  • Tours begin at Sandy Beach

The City Museum invites you to join local historian, Jim Geraghty, for a walking tour of the Treadwell Historical Trail at Sandy Beach on Saturday, August 18th from 3:00-4:30pm. Come learn the history and operations of the Treadwell Complex that once was Sandy Beach.  This popular local tour sells out quickly, so reserve your spot today!

Jim Geraghty is a life-long Alaskan, an avid historian, and hiker who has spent years exploring local mining sites and poring over countless photos and documents relating to Juneau’s history. He has been a Guest Researcher at the Alaska State Museum and has given presentations on the history of Juneau and Southeast Alaska at the City Museum, Alaska State Museum, Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, and University of Alaska Southeast.

Tickets for the Treadwell Walking Tour are $25 for adults and $20 for children ages 12 and under and may be purchased at the City Museum or by calling 907-586-3572. Tickets include a free copy of the Treadwell Historic Trail Guide, a pass for free admission to the City Museum, and a 20% discount coupon for the Museum Store. This tour begins at Sandy Beach on Douglas.

Princess Sophia Walking Tour: August 28thWreck Princess Sophia Oct 24, 1918. 343 Lives Lost”, Postcard by W.H. Case. JDCM 93.20.007

Princess Sophia Walking Tour: August 28th

  • Tuesday, August 28th
  • 5:30-7:00pm
  • $25 for adults; $20 for ages 12 and younger
  • Tour starts at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum

The Juneau-Douglas City Museum will be leading walking tours to observe the 100th anniversary of the loss of the Princess Sophia, and to commemorate the lives of the 350 people who perished in the worst maritime disaster in Alaska history.

Late on the evening of October 23, 1918, the Princess Sophia sailed from Skagway and made her way along the Lynn Canal bound for Vancouver.  At 2:00 AM on the 24th, she struck the Vanderbilt Reef with enough force to ground with her hull completely above water.  Stranded on the reef, and with severe weather hampering rescue efforts, Captain Locke elected to keep passengers and crew aboard the ship until the weather improved.  But when rescue vessels approached the reef on the morning of October 26, they were greeted with the grim truth that the Sophia had succumbed and slipped beneath the waves.

Museum volunteer, retired Foreign Service Officer, and Douglas resident Kirk Smith will lead the tour which will focus on a discussion of the events and circumstances leading up to the disaster as well as a visit to the Evergreen Cemetery to pay respects at the graves of the Sophia’s victims. Tickets may be purchased at the City Museum or by calling 907-586-3572. The tour includes free admission to the City Museum as well as a coupon for 20% off in the Museum Store. Space is limited to 10 people, so advanced reservations with payment are recommended.