Traditional Alaska Native mask.


Special Exhibit: Carvings by Kathleen Carlo-Kendall and Chris Ehlers

A collection of pieces by renowned contemporary Athabaskan mask maker Kathleen Carlo-Kendall and her apprentice, Chris Ehlers, will be on view at the Morris Thompson Center exhibit hall throughout May and June.  In October, the two artists will return once more to the center with a special exhibit of new work that they are creating… Read More

Goodȼents – Golden Valley Electric Foundation Grant Boosts Our Energy Efficiency

The Golden Valley Electrical Association (GVEA) Goodȼents Fund has made a generous grant to the Morris Thompson Center for installation of LED lighting throughout the building. The Morris Thompson Center’s exhibits are illuminated by several hundred specialized lights that run thirteen hours a day, seven days a week in summer.  We also light our hallways,… Read More

Explore Fairbanks CEO elected to the Board of Directors of the U.S. Travel Association

Deb Hickok, president and CEO of Explore Fairbanks, was recently elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Travel Association. Camille Ferguson, executive director of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, was also elected. U.S. Travel is the national, non-profit organization representing the travel industry that generates $2.4 trillion… Read More

Celebrating Native Languages in 2019

Throughout 2019 the Morris Thompson Center is hosting events celebrating the Native languages of Interior Alaska, including introductions to Native languages, activities for families, and panel discussions.  Monthly film screenings celebrating Native languages will take place from September through December 2019.  A special part of this series is “Denaakk’e Dedeenee,” consisting of five monthly Denaak’e… Read More

Museums Alaska and Rasmuson Foundation support a Collection Care Workshop

Thanks to a generous grant from Museums Alaska, with support from the Rasmuson Foundation, the Morris Thompson Center offered training on collection care for museums professionals in interior Alaska.   Registration filled rapidly for the January 15-16 workshop with Conservator Nicole Peters, who is based in Skagway. Representatives of 12 Interior Alaska organizations signed up. … Read More

The Morris Thompson Center: the Landscape for a Learning Journey

On April 18, ten student teachers from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks drifted one by one into the Denakkanaaga elders’ living room at the Morris Thompson Center. They gathered there, seated in a half-circle facing a group of people ready to share many years of accumulated wisdom about teaching and learning.  Elders Dr. Elizabeth Fleagle… Read More

The Morris Thompson Team Helps Make-a-Wish Kid’s Wish Come True

Eight-year-old Isaac King of Rhinelander, Wisconsin is preparing to be a firefighter one day, and says the Northern Lights are “the most beautiful thing he has ever seen.”  Isaac is also battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.  With help from the Rhinelander Fire Department and the Make-a-Wish Foundation, earlier this year Isaac accomplished his goal of visiting… Read More

Celebrating Ten Years of Sharing Cultures

2018 marks the tenth anniversary of the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center – can you believe it? If you haven’t been by in a while, consider taking our tenth year as a good reason to stop in for a visit, either before the summer rush starts or once the days are long and the… Read More

Welcoming New Executive Director Sara Harriger

  The Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Sara Harriger as the new Executive Director for the Center.  As Executive Director, Harriger is charged with managing and promoting the Center’s facility and overseeing fundraising to build the Center’s cultural endowment. Harriger brings to the position extensive… Read More

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