Tuesday, July 3, 2012

SHI Awarded Grant to Support Collections Management Internship

A grant from the Alaska State Museum has allowed SHI to offer a collections management internship to Kelsey Potdevin, a Ph.D. student in History at University of Iowa with a museum background. Potdevin has spent time at various museums in the United States, most recently at the Indian Arts Research Center in Santa Fe, and offers a wealth of experience and professionalism to SHI's collections. The 2013 Grant-in-Aid award will allow Kelsey to assist SHI in caring for and preserving its ethnographic collection.

Photo Credit; Kelsey Potdevin working on the Raven hat of the late Nancy Jackson (1925-2012), recently donated to SHI. Photo by Zachary R. Jones. 

When asked about her work at SHI Kelsey stated "I’m grateful for the opportunity to work as an SHI intern this summer. After spending the winter learning valuable collections care skills at the Indian Arts Research Center in Santa Fe, NM I was ready to put my new skills to use within my home community. Here at SHI, my projects have included recording new objects in the accession registry, working within the museum database, rehousing objects in archival storage boxes, and constructing mounts. Recently, I carved a foam mount designed to support the delicate elements of a copper trimmed sheep’s horn ladle, an object that was probably carved over 150 years ago. I also had the opportunity to examine the condition of some recently acquired works of the celebrated Jim Schoppert.  The latest project that has come my way has been to adapt costume boxes to house the Raven Dance Regalia of the recently passed Nancy Jackson. I’m thankful for the chance to contribute to the safekeeping of Jackson’s cherished performance piece until it can again be shared publicly in the newly erected Walter Soboleff Center." 

Sealaska Heritage Institute was founded in 1980 to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding. The institute is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars. Its mission is to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska.

This project is supported by a Grant-in Aid from the Alaska State Museum.

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