Alaska Humanities Forum
The Alaska Humanities Forum engages Alaskans in humanities-based projects and innovative programs which are either funded by the Forum or run directly by the Forum.
The mission of the Alaska Humanities Forum is to use the wisdom and methods of the humanities to enrich the civic, intellectual and cultural life of all Alaskans.
The Forum is a 501(c)(3) organization. Founded in 1972 by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Forum is one of 56 state and territorial groups also supported by the NEH. The Forum is also a member of the Federation of State Humanities Councils.
Although Filipino-Americans have lived and worked on Kodiak Island for more than 150 years and make up more than 35 percent of Kodiak’s current-day population, there has never been a museum exhibit or published research on the island documenting their contributions to Kodiak’s culture and history.
Until now. Kodiak’s Filipino Community Stories, a digital storytelling exhibit, opens Friday, October 5 at the Baranov Museum.
Not long after the United States purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867, the Alaska Commercial Company, then a newly formed trading firm, launched extensive sea otter hunting operations in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands.
Until recently, most of the records for the Aleutian Islands were considered lost forever.
Students in the award-winning documentary filmmaking program at Kenny Lake School, a small K-12 school in the rural town of Copper Center, Alaska, recently premiered their 90-minute documentary Iron Rails: The Story of the Copper River and Northwestern Railway.
The film, which was supported by a 2010 Alaska Humanities Forum We the People grant of $6,000, has won first place in the Alaska Society for Technology in Education (ASTE) 2012 documentary film contest.