Collections Grant awarded to the Valdez Museum

Collections Grant awarded to the Valdez Museum

Valdez Museum Receives Grant for Collection Management

Valdez, Alaska, April 26, 2019 –The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive (VMHA) has recently been awarded a $5,000 grant from Museums Alaska, a statewide association of museums and museum professionals. The money comes from its Collections Management Fund supported by the Rasmuson Foundation. The grant will pay half the cost of an eight week Collections Internship taking place this fall at the Valdez Museum on Hazelet, also known as the Yellow Warehouse. The Collections Internship program is now entering its tenth nonconsecutive year, and this is the first one to be implemented in the fall.

The VMHA’s vast collection numbers roughly 75,000 items, most of which are stored in the Yellow Warehouse. Cataloguing those items is a huge task, and collections interns are a valuable asset says Andrew Goldstein, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions:

“An ongoing internship program has become essential to the Valdez Museum’s needs to maintain an accurate, thorough and professional program of collection management.”

This year the Collections Internship will focus on the mezzanine area of the Yellow Warehouse. While many of the smaller artifacts stored there have been moved to the downstairs climate-controlled storage facility, the remaining objects need to be included in the long term cataloging project.

The Valdez Museum and Historical Archive joins nine other Alaska collecting institutions in eight communities from Unalaska to Fairbanks that have been awarded a total of $76,154 in grants this round. We extend a heartfelt thanks to Museums Alaska for all they do, and for their generosity that helps us continue programs which support our mission to preserve, present and interpret the heritage and culture of Valdez, the Copper River Basin and Prince William Sound, Alaska.


Executive Director Patricia Relay,  Tel. 907-835-2764,