Close up photo of traditional Alaska Native beadwork.


Doyon Donates Salmon Skin Basket for ANCSA Exhibit

Doyon, Limited has donated a unique king salmon skin Athabascan Chiefs basket for the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) display within the Center’s exhibits. The display features artwork from each of the 12 regional corporations established under ANCSA. Doyon commissioned the basket from Athabascan artist Audrey Armstrong. It took Armstrong three years to gather the king salmon… Read More

Operating Engineers Add Their Name to Donor List

It was a very welcome surprise today when Michael Friborg, Field Representative with the Operating Engineers Local 302 dropped by with a check for $1,000. “Our union was a part of building this building, so it is right that we make a contribution to help get it done,” said Friborg. Thank you Operating Engineers! You… Read More

Flint Hills Gift Honors Morris Thompson

North Pole refinery Flint Hills Resources showed its support for the Morris Thompson Center by presenting a $10,000 donation during the June 22nd Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon. External Affairs Director Jeff Cook presented the check to board President Charlene Marth, who is Morris Thompson’s niece. Cook said that he knew Morris for many years as a friend and… Read More

IBEW donates $10,000 toward exhibit completion

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1547 presented a gift of $10,000 in April toward completion of the exhibits, becoming the latest major donor to the Morris Thompson Center. During the special gathering for the check presentation, IBEW’s Jay Quakenbush told board President Charlene Marth that IBEW has been a long-time supporter of… Read More

State Capital Grant Brings Exhibit Completion Within Reach

In early June 2010, Gov. Sean Parnell signed into law the state capital budget which included a $500,000 grant to help complete our exhibits. Completion of the exhibits is now within reach! “We are so close,” said Project Director Cindy Schumaker. “This new state grant takes us within $390,000 of our final goal…and gives us the momentum we need… Read More

Antler Arch is Gateway to Downtown Fairbanks

The World’s “Farthest North Antler Arch” has been installed just north of the Center along the Chena River. The arch is made up of over 100 antlers that have been collected from all over Interior Alaska. Ten antlers came from the village of Huslia. Richard Carroll collected 15 antlers from Ft. Yukon. Additional antlers are… Read More