Alaska Day means an open house at the State Archives, Library and Museum and an all-Alaskan literary gathering at its store.
The Alaska State Archives and Library will host an open house 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday at the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library Archives and Museum Building, 395 Whittier St.
Attendees can check out unique and rarely seen items from collections, find out how the pros preserve old photos, letters and diaries through proper storage and digitization, peruse Alaska newspaper microfilm, and try out some local history and genealogy databases.
The Alaska State Museum will also be open at that time. Discounted winter admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and free for people 18 years and younger, ASM pass-holders, active duty military, and members of the Friends of the Alaska State Library, Archives and Museum.
The Store at the APK will host an Alaska Literary Festival featuring renowned writers from around the Southeast. Susi Gregg Fowler and illustrator Jim Fowler, Ishmael Hope, John Straley, and Heather Lende will briefly read, talk about their work, and answer questions from the audience beginning at 1 p.m.
A book signing with all of the literary guests will take place in front of the Store at the APK following the presentation.