Close up photo of traditional Alaska Native beadwork.

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ExxonMobil Makes Gift to Cultural Program Endowment Fund

ExxonMobil has donated $25,000 to the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center Cultural Program Endowment Fund.  “ExxonMobil is committed to engaging with Alaska Native communities in a manner that is respectful of their cultures and customs,” said Karen Hagedorn, production manager for ExxonMobil Alaska. “We take pride in supporting the cultivation and preservation of Alaska… Read More

Sumitomo Pogo and Kinross Fort Knox bring Capital Campaign to a Close

Thanks to the help of more than a thousand generous donors and dedicated volunteers, the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center has successfully completed a capital campaign that raised $29.3 million to build the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center. After nearly two decades of planning, the effort officially came to a close today with… Read More

Personal Tour of Exhibits & "Taste of Alaska"

“Taste of Alaska” Lunch or Dinner: Enjoy homemade food made the traditional Athabascan way. Menu includes moose soup, salmon (baked or smoked), a variety of salads, fry bread, homemade Alaska blueberry jam, smoked salmon, dessert, and drinks. 15 person minimum reservation. $35 per person Personal Tour of Exhibits & Taste of Alaska: Take a guided tour… Read More

ConocoPhillips Makes New Gift to Help Complete Exhibits

ConocoPhillips Alaska presented a $25,000 donation to the Morris Thompson Center in March 2012. This was the oil company’s third gift to the Center, and brings ConocoPhillips’ total donation to $105,000. Jarrot Handy, Vice President of North Slope Operations (center) and Mary Gibbs, Director of Philanthropy (left) presented the gift to Morris Thompson Center’s Board President Charlene Marth (right).… Read More

Wells Fargo Donates $50,000 to Close the Gap

Wells Fargo presented a check for $50,000 today to help complete the final phase of our exhibits. Darren Franz, Wells Fargo Northern Alaska District President, presented the check to MTCVC Board Treasurer Brian Ridley during a Tanana Chiefs Conference board meeting. “Wells Fargo is thrilled to support the Morris Thompson Center in its mission to… Read More

Lettuce and Cabbage and Kale, Oh My!

The Morris Thompson Center has delivered more than 100 pounds of fresh, healthy vegetables to the Fairbanks Community Food Bank so far this summer. Facility Manager Jason Faris doubles as a ‘master gardener’ to care for the Center’s flowers and historic garden. “Since the garden sits next to our historic cabin, all our vegetables are… Read More

Athabascan Beadwork Designs Inspire Sidewalk Mosaics

Athabascan beadwork – and a willow root basket – will soon become sidewalk art outside the Morris Thompson Center. Inspired by designs from Athabascan master artists from all over Interior Alaska, the artwork was digitized, enlarged, and translated into glass tile mosaics that are being prepped for installation later this month. Belarde Company out of … Read More

Love Under the Antler Arch

Outgoing News-Miner publisher Marilyn Romano and her longtime beau Brian Hove got married under the Morris Thompson Center’s Antler Arch in late June. Romano was relocating for her new position at Alaska Airlines, and wanted to get married in Fairbanks before moving to Anchorage. “Brian and I met here 13 years ago, so the banks… Read More

Traditional Athabascan Clothing Project

In the Artisans Workshop, master artists Josephine John, Corinna Evans, Denise Hardesty, Rita Pitka and Dixie Alexander are busy sewing a set of traditional Athabascan clothing. Stunning beadwork, moosehide, wolf, muskrat, wolverine and beaver fur, combined with master skin sewing skills, lots of laughter, and sore fingers are yielding the following creations: Yukon Style Women’s… Read More

Flying Bishop's Plane Graces Center's Lobby

More than 250 family and friends of the late Bishop William Gordon gathered in October 2010 to dedicate the plane and exhibit installed in his honor. They sang hymns in Inupiat and Athabascan dialects, laughed, and shared warm memories with the Bishop’s wife Shirley and their children Bill, Paneen, and Anna who were all on hand… Read More