Ben Eielson's "Jenny"
New Wings Project (2007-Ongoing)
On October 28, 2013, Ben Eielson's Curtiss JN-4D ("Jenny") was again raised above the baggage terminal at the Fairbanks International Airport. The Swallow wings that had been attached to the fuselage back in 1957 were nowhere to be found. Travelers instead saw the original 44-foot wingspan of the WWI-era plane stretch out overhead, as local aviation historians and pilots had dreamed of for years.
Thanks to thousands of hours of volunteer time contributed by members of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 1129, the Jenny is restored to glory. Read more about this ongoing project here.
Save America's Treasures
The Kolmakovsky Redoubt Conservation Project (2010-2013)
In December of 2009, the National Park Service (NPS) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded UAMN $75,000 to rehabilitate and preserve the Kolmakovsky Redoubt collection, which consists of the 1841-era blockhouse and nearly 5,000 archaeological objects. The three-year project is documented here.
The Ethnology and History collection is available for researchers from all walks of life. Contact department staff if you are interested in viewing the collections.
If you would like to conduct research in the collections, see our Collections Access Policy here.
Student Assistants & Interns
As part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, collections departments depend on student assistants for a large part of the work done on a daily basis. In the Ethnology & History department, grant funding helps us hire UAF students during the academic year and interns from all over during the summer months.
Students interested in interning in the collection should submit their resume and a letter of interest to the department.
Departmental staff are involved with projects across Alaska and the rest of the United States. If you are interested in having us participate on your project, contact us to discuss what assistance we may be able to provide.
The ethnology & history collection is one of the most exhibited collections at the Museum.Here we include a list of the most recent exhibitions using material from our collection.
The Ethnology & History department is actively seeking volunteers!
Volunteering can be a wonderful way to contribute to the accomplishments of the museum. In the past, ethnology volunteers have been involved in a number of ways including:
- photographing collections objects;
- conducting inventories;
- basic cleaning and rehousing of collections;
- re-organizing collections; and
- updating database records.