Unalaska received an early dose of holiday cheer when the community gathered for the grand re-opening of the Museum of the Aleutians. Rasmuson Foundation joined in on the celebration and captured these images.

December might be a quiet month for Unalaska, but that wasn’t the case two weeks ago when the community overflowed with enthusiasm for the grand re-opening of the Museum of the Aleutians.

After five months of renovations and years of planning, the Museum unveiled their new 3,500 square foot permanent exhibit, “The Aleutian Islands: Crossroads of the North Pacific.” Conceived with considerable public input, the new exhibit reflects the community’s desire for the Museum to fully depict the history and culture of the Aleutian chain.

The project was supported in part by a Rasmuson Foundation Tier 2 grant of $100,000.  Diane Kaplan, president of Rasmuson Foundation, and Emily Bokar, communications associate, took part in the re-opening festivities and visited some of our local grantees, including Iliukliuk Family and Health Services, Unalaska Public Library, KUCB, Unalaskans Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence and the Church of the Holy Ascension.

Read more about the re-opening from KUCB and see photos from our visit to Unalaska below.

Congratulations to the Museum of the Aleutians, Executive Director Zoya Johnson and the entire community on a job well done!