Teaching Through Collections

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The Power of Museum Collections

Objects tell many stories. They are touchstones that bring memories and meanings to life, and forge connections between the present and past. Museums collect these objects, care for them, and use them to help people understand the world around them.

Objects can help bring history to life. Teaching with museum collections sparks curiosity and imagination, and encourages further exploration.

Teaching Through Collections Project

The UA Museum of the North and Denali National Park and Preserve are partnering to provide opportunities for educators and the community to connect with Denali museum collections.

Teacher Workshop: In the spring of 2018, UAMN and Denali NP&P held two workshops for Denali-area educators, one at Tri-Valley School and another at the Alaska Association of Student Governments conference. The workshops focused on  learning from objects, with examples drawn from Denali collections and featuring local culture, science, and history.

Outreach Event: In Spring 2019, UAMN and Denali NP&P will offer an outreach event for area residents, featuring hands-on activities centered on Denali collections.


These homemade crampons were left on Muldrow Glacier by members of the 1910 Sourdough Expedition. DENA-00003.

Projectile point crafted from antler. DENA-00314.

This coffee can with baling wire for a handle was used as a cookpot during Bradford Washburn's 1951 ascent of Denali (Mt. McKinley). DENA-00322.

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