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Emilie Springer: Beluga Slough Chronicle

Feb 12, 2021
Pratt Museum


    This week commentator Emilie Springer shares with us a story of adventures on Beluga Slough from the 1930s, originally told by Tom Shelford to a Homer Middle School student in 1981. The piece is archived in the Pratt Museum.

Emilie Springer - Cannery Watch 1936

Jan 26, 2021
Emilie Springer photo / Pratt Museum Collection

      While perusing the Pratt Museum archives, Homer's Emilie Springer ran across a log handwritten in 1936 by a worker at the Snug Harbor Packing Company’s cannery, and shares what she found.


Emilie Springer: The toys of Homer kids past

Dec 21, 2020
Emilie Springer photo

As we plan for a holiday season like no other, Homer’s Emilie Springer takes a look at some of the toys in the Pratt Museum’s collection that Homer children of the past played with. As she tells us, it’s part of a longer, on-going project.

    Each week Emilie Springer brings us thoughts on people, places, and things in and around Homer.

This week commentator Emilie Springer looks through a collection of commercial fishing artifacts at the Pratt Museum, and shares what she discovered.

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Sound Collections: Episode 12 - Saskia Esslinger

Nov 17, 2020

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Sound Collections: Episode 10 - Sarah Brewer

Oct 23, 2020
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What do water hemlock, thistle, gooseberries, and currants have in common? They can all be found growing in Alaska and are all referenced throughout Wiliam Shakespeare’s writing! This week on Sound Collections you'll hear from actor and teacher Sarah Brewer, who connects her natural surroundings to her favorite literary works.



Sound Collections: Episode 6 - Carter Davis

Sep 7, 2020
Pratt Museum

Don’t let his age fool you. Carter Davis has been collecting insects, shells, and rocks for most of his life, and at 10 years old, is already an impressive amateur entomologist.
His bedroom is home to everything from carefully pinned insect specimens and resource books to live cockroaches and frogs.

Carter joined us on Sound Collections to talk about his love of learning and collecting, and to share some advice for other kids who may be interested in starting their own collections.



Sound Collections: Episode 4 - Anna McCarthy

Aug 24, 2020
Pratt Museum

On this episode of the series, we hear from Anna McCarthy. Anna McCarthy was born and raised in Homer. Now she is bringing up her two daughters to have the same love of Kachemak Bay that she does. Anna’s family has a long-held tradition of collecting sea glass, and their beachcombing habits have become even more special since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sound Collections: Episode 3 - Geoffrey Coble

Aug 10, 2020
Pratt Museum

On this episode, we hear from Geoffrey Coble, a geophysicist based in Homer, AK who has been unlocking the mysteries to be found in geological landscapes for years.

Geoffrey is drawn to collecting rocks and fossils for the stories that they hold, and the puzzling challenges that each new discovery brings along with it. His curiosity and sense of adventure have led him to field expeditions all around the country, although he says the geological puzzle of Kachemak Bay keeps him quite busy at home too.

Sound Collections: Episode 2 - Savanna Bradley

Aug 2, 2020
Pratt Museum

Born-and-raised Homerite and the Pratt Museum’s Curator Savanna Bradley shares stories about her favorite collected wonders.

Savanna became enamored with collecting at a young age; one of the earliest collections she remembers gathering was of mosquito specimens which she dutifully scotch-taped to her journal. Since then, Savanna has ventured into the world of professional museum collections and curation, but is still driven by the same curiosity and wonder that inspired her as a child.

Homestead Kids: A Coffee Table sneak preview

Dec 24, 2019
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Tune in to KBBI Christmas morning at nine for Homestead Kids: Tales from Stariski Creek and Diamond Ridge.

Click on the audio for a two minute preview of the hour-long program, recorded live at the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust's annual meeting on December 12, 2019.

Jennifer Gibbons takes the helm at the Pratt

Dec 23, 2019
Christina Whiting

The Pratt Museum's new Executive Director Jennifer Gibbins has been on the job for two weeks.

Gibbins moved to Alaska from Washington, DC in 2004 and has lived in Anchorage, Seward and Cordova. She arrived into Homer just a few days before beginning work at the museum and says that finding the opportunity to live and work in Homer has been a long time coming.

Pratt Museum re-opens after renovation project

May 24, 2019
Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The Pratt Museum re-opened last week after a massive renovation project, which began last fall. Besides the now modern looking entrance, visitors will find more exhibit space inside and more accessibility between galleries. 

When you walk through the front doors of the Pratt, you will notice the new carpeting and the new modern design with open wire railings. Exhibits Curator Scott Bartlett said visitors should also notice the additional space.

Presenting the July episode of Kachemak Science,
a celebration of The Pratt Museum on the occasion of their 50th anniversary. Geophysicist Geoff Coble, rock hound Terry McBee and skeleton builder Lee Post join The Pratt Museum directorate for a discussion illuminating the intersection of science, history and art.

Renee Gross, KBBI File Photo

Members of the public will not be able to visit the Pratt Museum for roughly eight months while it undergoes building renovations. According to a press release, the museum will close in early September and reopen in early May of 2019. The museum is installing ramps and hydraulic lifts in order to become more accessible.  It also plans to construct a new collections department and upgrade the building system, among other improvements.