Alaska museum to have new name, look when it reopens in May

KODIAK, Alaska — Officials say the Baranov Museum in Kodiak will have a new name once an extensive renovation of its permanent exhibit space is complete.

The Kodiak Daily Mirror reported on Friday that the Kodiak Historical Society's board of directors voted to change the name to Kodiak History Museum to better convey the broad Kodiak history that is encapsulated at the museum.

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The Historical Society says the Baranov Museum name misrepresents the museum's mission and place in the community as it doesn't focus on Russian history alone.

The museum's $750,000 permanent exhibit renovation began in September.

As part of the reopening, the Historical Society will unveil a new bronze outdoor sculpture by Alutiiq artist Perry Eaton and feature a performance by the Alutiiq Dancers.

The museum is scheduled to reopen at 1 p.m. on May 4.

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Information from: Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror, http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com

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