Gift Announcements

Gift Announcements

As the Valdez Museum & Historical Archive embarks on its journey to fulfill the long-held dream of building a new consolidated museum facility, it is important for us to acknowledge each and every donor who has helped along the way. If you want more information feel free to give our Executive Director, Patricia Relay a call at 907-835-2764 or send an email to

Gilson Family Donation Honors Richard “Spike” Gilson

June 15, 2022

The Board and Staff of the Valdez Museum & Historical Archive (VMHA) are grateful to the Gilson family for their $5,000 contribution in honor of longtime VMHA Board member Richard “Spike” Gilson who died in early December, 2021. He was an avid supporter of the VHMA and served on the Collections Committee, the Building Committee,…

Mark Finfer Honors Brother Paul Finfer, New Town Planner

December 16, 2020

Andrew Goldstein, Curator of Collections & Exhibitions at the Valdez Museum was pleasantly surprised when he opened an envelope to find a $7,500 check from Mark Finfer of San Diego, CA with an accompanying letter, personally addressed to Andrew. In the letter Mark stated where his contribution should be directed, “towards continuing the support of…