The Pratt Museum

Courtney Griechen


Emilie Springer: Microbial Worlds

Jun 21, 2021
Pratt Museum and Park

Expressing and Sharing Collaborative Arts and Science to Learn About Place Around Us

How The Pratt Museum Survived Covid-19

May 14, 2021
Renee Gross, KBBI File Photo

      About a year ago the Pratt Museum was fixing to roll out all sorts of new things, but then the Covid-19 Pandemic hit.

    As it turns out, with the help of community partners, the museum was able to weather the pandemic in good shape. Staff of the museum were on yesterday’s Coffee Table with host Jay Barrett. Executive Director Jennifer Gibbins was asked how the museum responded when the pandemic hit in March 2020.


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The Pratt Museum, and now Park as well, is practically a Homer landmark. Find out how the staff at our home-grown museum are leading the facility and it's surrounding acres into the future on Coffee Table with host Jay Barrett.

Sound Collections: Episode 9 - Willie Suter

Oct 12, 2020
Pratt Museum

This week on Sound Collections we hear from Willie Suter, who together with his wife Brigitte owns and operates Brigitte’s Bavarian Bed and Breakfast in Homer. Willie and his wife have spent years converting their property into an oasis of collected treasures; with everything from walls lined with license plates to fishing nets and driftwood structures artfully scattered among the grounds. Willie talks about the utility of their collections, and how he’s come to find himself happily “stuck” in Homer.

Pratt Museum

On this episode of Sound Collections, you'll hear from Diane Selanoff, who has been gathering traditional foods with her family for almost as long as she can remember. Originally from Port Graham, Diane now lives in Valdez, where she gathers and collects all sorts of things from the beaches and forests surrounding her home. Click on the link to hear a sampling of Diane’s stories and vast knowledge of the local edible ecology.

Sound Collections: Episode 7 - Lee Post

Sep 15, 2020
Pratt Museum

Lee Post has had a fascination with collections of all sorts since he was a kid. Since moving to Homer over 40 years ago, he’s gained quite a reputation for his animal bone collecting. From beached whales to marine birds, Lee has preserved, illustrated, and categorized hundreds of animal skeletons, contributing crucial information about the ecology of the region. Check out the latest episode of Sound Collections, where we hear stories and adventures from ‘the bone man’ himself!

Sound Collections: Episode 5 - Janet Klein

Aug 31, 2020
Pratt Museum

This week’s episode of Sound Collections features author, citizen scientist, and Kachemak Bay adventurer Janet Klein. Janet has lived in Homer for over 40 years and has been a part of numerous projects to learn about and document the ecology and natural history of the area. She never ceases to be surprised and delighted by the many mysteries to be unlocked in the mountains and beaches right outside her door.


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.

Sound Collections: Episode 1 - Marilyn Sigmond

Jul 14, 2020
Pratt Museum

SOUND COLLECTIONS is a mini-series that explores the wonders of the found items of Kachemak Bay. From bits of shells collected on the beach to seed pods found in the forest, Sound Collections believes that the things we collect can teach us a lot about the place we live.

You can tune in live to new episodes on KBBI every Sunday at 8:35 a.m.


On the silhouette wall on Pioneer Avenue, there is a diminutive figure raising her hands to summon artists to action and excellence. That’s Mary Epperson: June 6, 1922 - April 11, 2016. Epperson moved to Alaska with her family in 1954. She was a homesteader, a music teacher, a founding citizen of the city of Homer, and an originator and organizer of the arts in Alaska. 

This past Saturday, June 6th, Homer Council on the Arts and organizations all over town celebrated Mary Epperson Day, established by the City of Homer in 2010.

Coffee Table - Homestead Kids Dec. 25, 2019

Dec 25, 2019
Walli Family

Laura Lofgren Barton and Steve Walli tell tales of homestead life in this hour-long program recorded live at the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust's annual meeting on December 12, 2019.
Homestead Kids: Tales from Stariski Creek and Diamond Ridge is a collaboration between the land trust and the Pratt Museum. It is hosted by Lynn Whitmore and recorded by KBBI's Nicole Arevalo.

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.

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To examine a culture, the first places to look are its food and music. The Pratt Museum in Homer is hosting a series of potlucks where people can share food, play music and tell stories…about local food and music. Scott Bartlett is Curator of Exhibits at the Pratt. Bartlett says they are collecting local food and music traditions.
"If you want to introduce your community to visitors and family and friends, that is what you share with them,” said Bartlett.