Wow! What a party! Thank you to everyone who came to the Museum on Saturday and helped us celebrate our Grand Re-Opening! We hope you had as much fun as we did! Thank you, also, to all the amazing performers who shared their talents, and our community partners who brought discovery lab materials! Missed Saturday? Don’t worry– we’re open 10am-6pm daily all summer, so you can come see the renovations in person someday soon!
People keep asking what’s going on with renovation–it’s mostly been on the inside, and it’s been busy! Wall framing is complete in almost all areas, as well as rough-in for systems. Shafts sites are prepped for both elevator lifts (front entrance and interior). Things will start looking very different when drywall arrives next week! Work has also resumed on the re-vamped front entrance. Although glass windows, doors, and siding will be installed near the end of the project, interior space, steps and roofing are coming together!
*If youwould like a special sneak peak, call the museum to book your own Hard Hat Tour! These one-hour behind-the-scenes tours (including hors d’oeuvres and a beverage) are $50 per person, $175 for a group of 4, or $250 for a group of 6 (max tour size). Call the museum at 235-8635 to schedule!
Spring has arrived! After a bit of a late start, the Gull Island camera is up and running! Come by the museum to control this live remote controlled camera, or watch the feed on YouTube. This year we replaced the camera unit itself, upgraded much of the wiring terminals, and replaced a component of the charging system, so things should be much more reliable!
Thanks to Seldovia Native Association, Bay Excursions, Jason Sodergren, and SpitwSpots.
As the Pratt Museum looks back on 50 years of collecting community history, we also look to the future to ask what we will collect over the next 50. How do you envision our community and our museum in 2068?
As part of two concurrent exhibits curated by Sharlene Cline, The Pratt Museum is inviting the community to contribute to this conversation:
- Call for submissions: Ties Us Together
What are the activities that tie our community together? How would you represent our community to an audience in 2068? Submit a photo of one activity that ties us together! No description necessary. Deadline:
- mages submitted through July 1, 2018 will be part of a large, progressively growing collage.
Join us for Kachemak 2068 and Ties Us Together May 4 – July 1, 2018!
The whimsical and dynamic “Moosin’ Around” quilt has found a new home! Congratulations to Paul Kelly of Severna Park, Maryland, winner of the 2018 annual quilt raffle. Shirley Fedora of Homer, Alaska took home the bonus wall-hanging quilt this year, titled “Swamp Rose”. The Pratt Museum’s annual quilt raffle is made possible through the incredible teamwork and generosity of the Kachemak Bay Quilters, who imagine, create, and donate a large raffle quilt each year; and the Patrons of the Pratt Society (POPS), for organizing the raffle each year. We appreciate our amazing partners and thank everyone who purchased tickets. This year’s quilt raised $4,113, which will be used to benefit Museum programs in 2018. We can’t wait for the unveiling of the next quilt in May 2018, just in time for the Museum’s 50th anniversary!
Due to observance of federal holidays, the Pratt will be closed Friday, December 23 through December 26; and closed Friday and Saturday, December 30 and 31.
We will be open especially for the Holiday Recital, new staff Reception, and Quilt Raffle on Sunday, December 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. Visit us during open days starting on the 11th to enjoy discounts and free gifts in the museum store!
The Pratt Museum will be closed during the month of January.
Wish wish all of our community a safe and joyous holiday season, and look forward to seeing you in the New Year!
November 11 – December 29
Have you ever kept a diary or journal? Had the opportunity to peruse the personal writing of your ancestors? Several diaries and journals are held in the collections of the Pratt Museum: their stories range from weather reports and moose sightings to extended narrative and personal reflection. Often the written word leaves much to be imagined, and could serve as a jumping-off point for something more.
The Pratt Museum is excited to present Inspired by Diaries, featuring artwork inspired by personal and historical diaries. Also on exhibit will be numerous excerpts and original historical diaries from the Pratt Collections.
The Pratt Museum was recently approached by researchers at the US Geologic Survey regarding planned research on seabirds in the Gulf of Alaska. Thanks to the capabilities of the digital camera now installed, and the hard work of museum volunteer Jason Sodergren, the Pratt Museum’s Gull Island camera will regularly record a series of nesting locations on the island. These programmed recordings will take place outside of museum hours, so will not impact gallery control of the camera. The Pratt is proud to partner with USGS and the Seldovia Native Association to better understand our fragile seabird populations. Following is a project abstract from the researchers:
In response to an unprecedented and widespread seabird die off in the Northern Gulf of Alaska in 2015-2016, as well as the need to monitor seabird populations and forage fish in potential oil and gas lease areas of interest to the Department of the Interior, the USGS is undertaking research on seabirds and forage fish in summer 2016. This collaborative effort to quantify seabirds and forage fish in the Northern Gulf of Alaska will include support from USGS Alaska Science Center, BOEM, and USFWS. One objective of the work is to monitor Black-legged Kittiwake and Common Murre breeding habits (population trend, timing, nest success, food) at their colonies and compare them to similar work done in the 1990’s. With help from the Pratt Museum’s Gull Island camera, we have a unique opportunity to monitor the nesting behavior of seabirds at fixed plots each day. This data will be used to better understand the timing of nesting (incubation and hatching dates, chick rearing, fledging) and prey deliveries (quantity, quality) by seabirds at each plot.
October 7 – November 2, 2016
Visit the Pratt Museum Special Exhibits Gallery during October to preview artwork to be included in the 31st Annual Ritz Art & Experience Auction. The dinner and auction event, which will be held on Saturday, November 5, will include a live and silent auction, featuring artwork and other items donated by artists, businesses and individuals throughout Alaska. All funds raised at the Ritz will help the Pratt Museum continue to increase the diversity and quality of its exhibits and programs. Plan your bidding early!
Each year, cliff-nesting seabirds signal a change of season when they return to Gull Island. Pelagic birds live at sea for most of the year. They return to remote islands during their summer nesting cycle. Gull Island, a series of jagged rocks twelve miles from Seldovia Museum and nine miles from the Pratt Museum, is situated in the middle of Kachemak Bay. This unique rookery hosts a nesting colony of over 15,000 birds, including 12,000 Black-legged Kittiwakes and 5,000 Common Murres.
For thousands of years people have utilized the valued resources at Gull Island. Like their ancestors before them, the Sugpiaq Alutiiq and Dena’ina Athabascan of this region continue to gather eggs in the springtime.
Gull Island is protected and off-limits to visitors except for approved Native harvest. This remote-controlled camera is currently operated from the public galleries of the Pratt Museum in Homer, Alaska. Visit the museum to control the camera and explore Gull Island for yourself!