Close up photo of traditional Alaska Native beadwork.


Morris Thompson Portrait Unveiled

Morris’ family and friends gathered at an AFN reception in October 2010 to see the unveiling of a portrait of the Center’s namesake. Athabascan artist James Grant, Sr., a nephew of Thompson’s started the oil on canvas portrait in 2008. The 5 ft. by 4 ft. oil on canvas painting was nearly complete when Grant… Read More

Mt. McKinley Bank donates $15,000

“The bank was impressed with how the Center serves the entire community. It’s not just about tourists. Everyone can use and enjoy the facility. As a community bank, that’s something that we are happy to be a part of.” said Mt. McKinley Bank President Craig Ingham as he presented a donation of $15,000.

Athabascan Artist Dixie Alexander named Cultural Program Director

Tanana Chiefs Conference has hired Gwich’in Athabascan Dixie Alexander as Director of Cultural Programs at the Morris Thompson Center. Dixie, one of 12 children, was raised in Ft. Yukon in a traditional lifestyle. She is a successful businesswoman, artist, and teacher. She spent more than 20 summers sharing her Athabascan culture with tourists at the Riverboat… Read More

Morris Thompson Center Supplies Healthy Vegetables to Stone Soup Cafe

The historic garden near the entrance to the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center features vegetables common in Fairbanks a century ago, but it serves a much more contemporary purpose–helping feed those in need. Facility manager Jason Faris harvests and delivers two boxes of fresh vegetables every week to the Stone Soup Cafe. “Earlier in the summer… Read More

Kinross/Ft. Knox Shows its Support with $10,000 donation

Lorna Shaw (3rd from left), Community Affairs Director with Kinross/Ft. Knox Gold Mine, presents a $10,000 gift to Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center President Charlene Marth (2nd from left). The gift is to help complete the exhibits. “One part of the exhibits focuses on how we make a living – and mining is a signficant… Read More

How tall does your Sunflower grow?

At 8 ft, 3 inches tall (and still growing), the sunflower next to the historic cabin at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center in downtown Fairbanks is a hit with visitors. It is surely the most photographed flower in Fairbanks this summer.

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