Lifting the Fog: Exploration of the North Pacific, 1728, (an exhibition)

March 15th, 1998 - February 28th, 1999 | PROJECT

Anchorage Museum of History and Art will used this planning award to develop the script, identify artifacts, and do other preliminary planning activities for and exhibit "Lifting the Fog: Exploration of the North Pacific, 1728 - 1867." The exhibit will be a 5000 to 6000 sq. ft. presentation that will give visitors insights into the scientific discoveries made in the North Pacific during the Russian era of dominance of this area. These Russian lead voyages, which included individuals from a number of European countries, made major findings in biology, hydrography, marine science and technology, geography and cartography, and ethnography. With this planning grant, they will bring together a group of museum professionals representing a diversity of approaches including hands-on science museums, scientists, and historian of science, formal educators, native Alaskans, and an evaluator to refine the plans. Project staff will draft the concept design, draft the label text, develop the specifications for the exhibit design, and develop the catalogue, among other activities. At the end of the twelve month planing period they will have refined their exhibit theme, developed their floor plan and concept design, developed plans for the interactive and hands-on activities, developed the interpretative labels and laid plans for the complementary activities including the catalogue, a curriculum plan, and other adjunct activities such as workshops demonstrating how scientific investigation was carried out in the 19th century.

Project Website(s)

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Team Members

Barbara Smith, Principal Investigator, Anchorage Museum of History and Art
Richard Myers, Co-Principal Investigator, Anchorage Museum Association


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 9732165
Funding Amount: 49398


Audience: General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Geoscience and geography | History | policy | law | Life science | Social science and psychology | Technology
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits