Sitka Historical Museum Opens “Life from the Land: Honoring the Art of Hunting and Conservation” Exhibition [December 19, 2014]


Kristy Griffin
Curator of Collections and Exhibits | Sitka Historical Society & Museum
(907) 747-6455 or

Sitka Historical Museum Opens New Exhibit

 Life from the Land: Honoring the Art of Hunting and Conservation
Exhibition on view at the Sitka Historical Society & Museum
December 13, 2014-April 11, 2015


[Sitka, Alaska] December 19, 2014

The Sitka Historical Society has opened its latest exhibit, Life from the Land: Honoring the Art of Hunting and Conservation.

Produced in collaboration with the Sitka Conservation Society, the exhibit honors the rich history of hunting and the artful balance of wildlife conservation in Southeast Alaska. The displays reflect the significant role that hunting has played in the lives, livelihoods, and cultural heritage of Alaskans from prehistoric times through the contemporary era, and considers the vital role that the conservationist point of view has played in maintaining wildlife populations for future generations of hunters.

A truly collective effort on behalf of the community, the exhibit includes the contributions of local interest groups, such as the Sitka Sportsman’s Association, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Wildlife Conservation, the Sitka Tribe of Alaska, and many more. The exhibit also features new two- and three-dimensional works of art by local artists Mark Bartlett, Norman Campbell, Laura Kaltenstein, Stephen Lawrie, Kay McCarty, Robert Miller, James Poulson, Laura Ramp, Peter Williams, and members of the Sitka Tribal Tannery.

The exhibit invites visitors, regardless of their views on hunting, to appreciate the ways in which hunting has inspired human ingenuity, physical prowess, and art. Discussions of conservation address both wildlife conservation and the preservation of hunting opportunities as a means of conserving cultural heritage and traditional knowledge. Displays unite the history of marine mammal hunting, large game hunting, and trapping with the art of weaving, hide tanning, taxidermy, and fur sewing.

The exhibit was conceived of by Executive Director, Hal Spackman, designed and curated by the Curator of Collections and Exhibits, Kristy Griffin, and produced by an exhibitions team comprised of SHS, Inc. Board members, volunteers, and interns. The introductory gallery includes a full mountain goat mount, a hand-carved seal decoy, and seal and sea otter sewn fur objects. Other highlights include rare and historical firearms, a recreated Trapper’s Cabin, a taxidermist’s workbench, and a six month old brown bear mount, all arranged with minimal use of glass casing to allow visitors an intimate look at the objects.

The opening event for the exhibit featured a big game guide panel discussion and a narrated showing of Larry Calvin’s film Alaskan Holiday. This film, along with Peter Williams’ film To Hunt Seals, and footage from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will run in the museum daily. The museum will also host public programs throughout the run of the exhibit. Stay up to date about the latest program events by visiting Facebook.

Visitor Information
Sitka Historical Society & Museum
330 Harbor Drive
Sitka, AK 99835

9AM-5PM Monday-Friday
9AM-4PM Saturday


Donations accepted in lieu of admission fees from November 1, 2014-April 1, 2015

Available by appointment, including school groups (please schedule a week in advance with
Kristy Griffin, Curator of Collections & Exhibits)
(907) 747-6455

About the Sitka Historical Society and Museum

The Sitka Historical Society is a 57 year old organization which operates the Sitka Historical Museum. The Society’s mission is to preserve and promote the events, stories and artifacts of the human history of the Sitka area for the inspiration, education and benefit of the public and future generations. The Sitka Historical Society has amassed one of the most diverse and largest collections in Sitka comprised of over 8,000 three-dimensional artifacts, several hundred paintings, prints, and examples of fine art, a spectacular collection of nearly 25,000 historic photographs, and more than 100,000 archival documents, all ranging from the 1740s until the present day.