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.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.