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By Dan Rudy 

Wrangell house gets center spotlight at new museum


Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

The traditional house of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people greets visitors to the Alaska State Museum's Native Alaska gallery. The display is the start of a historical timeline of displays wending its way from time immemorial to the present.

An exhibit built by Wrangell craftsmen is now one of the first sights visitors see when entering the new Alaska State Museum in Juneau.

The museum, formally named the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff Library, Archives and Museum Building, was completed and opened to the public in June, and features more than twice the floor space of its predecessor. Completely replacing the capital's previous museum, the $139 million project was the largest scale project the city had seen in over four decades.

Soon after passing through the terrazzo floored, high-ceilinged lobby and the museum's front desk, pat...

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