Sitka History Museum
210 Seward Street
Sitka, Alaska 99835
Ph: (907) 747-6455
Fax: (907) 747-6588
Hal Spackman and his family have called Alaska their home for thirty-three (33) years. After teaching tenures in Metlakatla and Haines, Alaska, he moved to Sitka in 1990. Since then, he has served the citizens of Alaska as the Deputy Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development, Associate Professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage School of Engineering/ANSEP, Superintendent and Principal of Mt. Edgecumbe High School, and Educational Supervisor for Southcentral Foundation. Mr. Spackman holds a Master’s degree in Administration from the University of Montana and a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Western Montana College with majors in history and English. As the Director of the Sitka History Museum, he brings a lifelong passion for studying, sharing and preserving the rich history, cultures, and frontier spirit of Alaska and Sitka, in particular.
Curator of Collections & Exhibits
Kristy has explored a broad range of professional experience in order to travel the United States. From radio producing to documentary film making, from ski area guest service management to dispatching planes in McCarthy, Alaska, Kristy has embraced the opportunity to immerse herself in a variety of regional cultures. Throughout her journeys, a consistent appreciation of and dedication to the investigation and preservation of the many facets of American history and culture motivated her to seek a career in museum curation. Kristy holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Arts from Northern Illinois University. Her background includes two years with the Colorado State University Historical Archaeology Laboratory where she worked to catalog and preserve a collection of over 77,000 artifacts excavated from Ouray, Colorado’s historic red-light district, and internships at both the History Colorado in Denver and the Colorado State University Art Museum. Kristy is thrilled to have the opportunity to return to Alaska, enjoys learning more about Sitka’s unique and diverse history every day she goes to work.