The Baranov Museum is asking for your help as it drafts plans for a new look.
At 7 p.m. tonight, the museum hosts a community meeting to gather ideas for new permanent exhibits.
For the past several years, the museum has focused on shoring up the structure of the Erskine House — built in 1808, it is the oldest log building on the West Coast — but now it is time to renovate the museum’s exhibits, said director Katie Oliver.
“(Today) is the first in what will be a series of community meetings timed to concede with the first visit of our exhibit consultant,” she said.
The planning process is expected to take a year and cost approximately $60,000 in grant funding.
“A year from now, we’d start construction, pending the availability of funding,” Oliver said.
While details of the new exhibits aren’t available, a survey posted online reveals some possibilities: exhibits translated into differential languages, a cellphone tour, hands-on activities and a rotating exhibit space.
Sarah Asper-Smith of Juneau’s Exhibit AK is the design consultant and will appear at tomorrow’s meeting. “Community input is vitally important,” she said.
Asper-Smith is coming to Kodiak from Wales, a small town on the Bering Strait, where she helped with a traveling exhibit hosted by Nome’s Beringia Center.
The Baranov project is not her first Kodiak venture; Exhibit AK is the consultant for the Kodiak Maritime Museum’s Thelma C project.
Asper-Smith said her goal, above all else, is to make the exhibits blend in to the Erskine House’s historic layout. What those exhibits show, however, is up to Kodiak.