Alaskan Album: A New Film From the Museum Archives

Last summer we introduced you to Hawaii through the eyes of former Museum director Dr. Alfred M. Bailey; this year, we’ll journey to Alaska. Bailey conducted fieldwork around the world, documenting it through journals, photographs, and moving images. In 1968, Bailey presented “Alaskan Album” to an enthusiastic audience during his popular film lecture series. In those days, Bailey spoke live with the silent film projected on screen. The Image Archives Department has re-created the moment with the help of Cinema Lab by taking Bailey’s film and audio and producing a digital motion picture. The film covers the Museum’s travels through Alaska, with a particular focus on geography, culture, and large mammals. This special premiere will be hosted by René Payne, Museum image archivist, and Robert David of Cinema Lab, as they discuss film preservation and the digitization process.

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