KODIAK (AP) -- The Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository will be one of three museums across the country to receive honors from the Smithsonian Institution later this month.
The Kodiak museum will be the recipient of the National Award for Museum Service to be awarded by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Rose Garden Dec. 20.
The other two winners are the Albright-Knox Gallery of Buffalo, N.Y. and the Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia.
The Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and sharing Alutiiq cultural traditions. It is governed by representatives of Kodiak's Alutiiq corporations with funding from charitable contributions, memberships, grants and sales.
Sven Haakanson, the Alutiiq Museum's executive director, and Amy Steffian, deputy director, will travel to Washington, D.C., to receive the honor on behalf of the Alutiiq Heritage Foundation.
The award is the only national recognition of a museum's public service role, Steffian explained. It is given to organizations that enrich life in their communities through sustained and innovative public service. The Alutiiq Museum was singled out for its educational programs, she said.
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