By Tasha Anderson
ALASKA THIS MONTH
The Anchorage Museum is showcasing two new exhib- its starting in May, both of which directly relate to the culture and community of Alaska.
On view from May 1 through November 1, “Home Field
Advantage: Baseball in the Far North” is an official program
of the Anchorage Centennial Celebration according to Katie
Ringsmuth, Anchorage Museum senior Alaska Gallery curator and the curator of this exhibit.
“‘Home Field Advantage’ reveals how this national pastime adapted to Arctic conditions Archival photographs, art,
artifacts, and memorabilia showcase the rich history of baseball in Anchorage and throughout the state, including how
late 19th century icebound whalers spread ashes on sea ice to
form baseball diamonds,” Ringsmuth says.
“Visitors also learn about early Ketchikan teams, whose
beach-based games were called due to high tide, and how
some major league players, including Satchel Paige, once
played in the far North,” she adds.
The second exhibit opening in May is titled “On Sea Ice” and
will remain open from May 1 through September 20. “Sea ice is
a simple material with complex implications,” says Greg Danner, Anchorage Museum Science and Interactivity Director, in
describing the exhibit. “Sea ice provides hunters and whalers
with vital access to resources, it helps to moderate the world’s
weather, and it is home to much of the microscopic life that supports some of the world’s most valuable fisheries. ‘On Sea Ice’
explores the historical role this material has played in the Arctic,
presented through the perspectives of science, business, government, and individuals whose lives and livelihoods are inextricably tied to its dynamic conditions. ‘On Sea Ice’ provides context
for looking at the future of the North and how life here is ever
changing for people, whales, walrus, plankton, and more,”
Baseball game in Anchorage, July 4, 1915, the first
Fourth of July celebrated after the Alaska Railroad built
the tent city in Ship Creek.
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