Aviation museum names Eielson relative as director

Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum has a new director, and hers is a very familiar name to Alaskans.

Kerry Eielson, 29, will head the Anchorage-based museum for this summer's tourist season. She was recently appointed director by the museum's board of directors.

Eielson is the great-niece of pioneering Alaska aviator Carl Ben Eielson, who was killed when his plane crashed in Siberia during a 1929 rescue mission.

She is a writer from New York who came to Alaska to research the life of Carl Ben Eielson.

Former museum director Ted Spencer is taking a new position as its historian and curator.

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