Exhibit Opening - Whaling the Kodiak Grounds PDF Print
The Baranov Museum is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition Whaling the Kodiak Grounds.  This special exhibit explores the history of the whaling industry in Kodiak, the evolving technology used in the hunt, and the products generated from these giants of the ocean. Whale oil once illuminated the Western world and lubricated the gears of the Industrial Revolution.  It was used in soap, cosmetics and food.  Baleen was used where plastic is employed today.  Curator of Collections Anjuli Grantham explains, "In our research to develop this exhibit, we have learned that whales were truly the petroleum of the past.  Now we are dependent on petroleum for energy and manufactured goods, but before 1850s, many were dependent on whale products, including the people of Kodiak."

Developed in-house with objects and photographs from the museum's collections, the exhibit will feature rarely seen artifacts including a serving bowl made from whale vertebrae, a whaling lance from an Afognak whaler inscribed with Cyrillic lettering, and the logbook from Port Hobron whaling station recording the daily catches from 1927 to 1932.

Our thanks to Ocean Beauty Seafoods, whose generous sponsorship has made Whaling the Kodiak Grounds possible.

In celebration of the exhibit opening, visitors can enjoy two days of free admission to the Baranov Museum on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information download our accompanying exhibit brochure here