Announcing The Marie Darlin Prize
The Marie Darlin Prize was established by Mike Blackwell and is an annual $5000 prize recognizing an outstanding work of art or literature. Mike Blackwell wanted to honor Marie Darlin who was a dedicated volunteer, Juneau historian, and community advocate until her death in June of 2018. The prize specifically honors those whose work, through a vision and shared sense of community, expresses a commitment to women’s rights, social history, and community advocacy.
Before his death in January 2019, Mike spearheaded the fundraising for this prize through the Juneau Community Foundation and together the City Museum, the Friends of the JDCM, and a host of donors have established an endowment at the Foundation that will yield an annual income to support his vision. When Mike unexpectedly died in January 2019, a committee was formed to finalize the parameters of the prize and put in place a process for submission and selection.
Submission guidelines and more information will be made available in November.
City Salon: In the Heart of Our Sea, Whales in Southeast Alaska, Past and Present October 29
October 29, 6:30-8:00pm
Location: Valley Library
Come learn about Southeast Alaska's whaling history coupled with modern efforts to better understand and protect these animals through health investigations and whale-watching best practices.
As part of the NEA Big Read, the City Museum is hosting a City Salon with Aleria Jensen, Deputy of NOAA Fisheries, Sadie Wright, Protected Species Biologist, and Suzie Teerlink, Marine Mammal Specialist. This program will focuses on the history of whaling in SE Alaska, the biology and health of our whales, and best practices for whale watching. In addition, City Museum Director, Beth Weigel, will talk about the book, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, by Nathaniel Philbrick.
The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment of the Arts. Each year, participating libraries across the nation choose a book and encourage community members to read and participate in library sponsored events. This year, the Juneau Public Libraries chose the book, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, by Nathaniel Philbrick. Free copies of the book are available at the City Museum and at the Juneau Public Libraries.
Coffee & Collections Artist Talk with Rachael Juzeler November 23
Saturday, November 23, 10:30-Noon
Join us at the City Museum for our first Coffee & Collections program of the season. Juneau artist Rachael Juzeler kicks us off with a presentation on her current exhibit, ReConstructed ReFuse V. We invite you to enjoy a hot drink while getting to know this talented artist. Rachael will discuss her work, her creative process, and the philosophy behind this latest collection of work. Coffee & Collections is a free event, and coffee will be provided thanks to a generous donation by Heritage Coffee Company.
Write Letters of Encouragemnet & Gratitude in Honor of Dr. Walter Soboleff the Month of November
During the month of November, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum will provide complimentary note cards including US postage and a card insert to anyone who chooses to write a personal note of encouragement or gratitude to someone in their lives.
In 2014, HB217 was signed into law by the 28th Alaska State Legislature, 2nd session, "an act establishing November 14 each year as Dr. Walter Soboleff Day". Dr. Soboleff spent his life working with people, with the goal of higher education, self-respect, spiritual values, tolerance, and equality. Those fortunate enough to have known him may fondly remember his frequent handwritten notes and cards. As Dr. Soboleff once said, "When you give, feel good about it".
Drop by the City Museum in November between 10:00am and 4:00pm Tuesdays through Saturdays to pick up a card, an insert and a stamp. Feel free to write your note while visiting the Museum. You may choose to mail your card yourself or have the Museum deliver it to the post office for you.