Public Programs

Become a City Museum Volunteer

Become a City Museum Volunteer

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.

Coffee & Collections: George Danner III on the  Construction of Glacier Highway November 17thImage courtesy of George Danner III.

Coffee & Collections: George Danner III on the Construction of Glacier Highway November 17th

Saturday, November 17th
10:30 - Noon

On his website titled, A Historical Pictorial of the Construction of Glacier Highway, George Danner III has organized 260 photographs taken between 1911 and 1943 that document the construction of Glacier Highway from present day Harborview Elementary school to Sherwood Lane. Danner's Coffee and Collections presentation will feature around 50 of these images and he will talk about how construction techniques have changed over time. Danner will draw from his memories, as well as his father's, in order to provide a reference between the historic images and Glacier Highway today.

Both Danner and his father, George Danner Jr., were born and raised in Juneau. George's grandfather came to Juneau in 1914 and was a pioneer dairy farmer, building Mendenhall Dairy in 1933. George spent his career on boats and ships, ranging from gillnetters to oceanographic research vessels and finally to his 32 years with the Alaska Marine Highway. He retired as chief engineer in 2007. Danner's family came to own these photos in the late 1950’s when they were given to his father.

George Danner III will present on the construction of Glacier Highway as part of the City Museum’s on-going Coffee & Collections series on November 17th, 2018 from 10:30-Noon. Coffee & Collections is a free event, and coffee will be provided thanks to a generous donation by Heritage Coffee Company.


True Crime Capital Killers Walking Tour October 27th

True Crime Capital Killers Walking Tour October 27th

  • Saturday, October 27th
  • 2:00-3:30pm
  • Price: $25.00
  • Starts at The City Museum

Two former Juneau criminal reporters will offer a Halloween walking tour. True Crime: Capital Killers is a tour of locations related to famous murders in the Capital City. Join the couple as they wander the sites behind some of Juneau's most grisly stories.

Ed Schoenfeld, who retired recently from public broadcasting, covered some of the best known murders in the area during his more than 30 years reporting in Juneau, including the mass murder trial of John Kenneth Peel. His wife, Betsy Longenbaugh, was a crime reporter for the Juneau Empire and Sitka Daily Sentinel and is an avid amateur historian. She will present on Juneau's historic murders, including the prison escape of Alaska's first serial murderer, territorial hangings and the story of Slick Winnie, the "Trunk Murderess".

Suitable for adults and mature teens. Space is limited. Call the City Museum to reserve your spot today: 586-3572.

Walter Soboleff Letter Writing Month of NovemberPhoto Credit: Walter Soboleff, 1982, photo from the Joseph Alexander Collection, gift of Susan Derrera, JDCM 2013.11.1699.

Walter Soboleff Letter Writing Month of November

Through the month of November, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum will provide complimentary note cards including US postage to anyone who chooses to stop by and write a personal note of encouragement 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".