NOLAN CENTER NUGGETS
Highlighting items in our museum collection and its unique history.
V. Ushanoff Painting
In the 1980's, artist Vladimir Ushanoff produced a series of paintings depicting the Wrangell area at different points in time. This particular painting is based on a picture taken by photographer Eadweard Muybridge in the mid-19th century, showing the Stikine Tlingit village of the time. Muybridge was a famed early photographer, commissioned by the U.S. Army in 1868 to photograph parts of the recently acquired territory of Alaska.
Another work by Mr. Ushanoff in the museum's collection depicts the Russian-era Fort St. Dionysius. The two works were donated to the museum by Mr. Ushanoff in 1984, and the painting of Fort St. Dionysius is currently on display in our atrium.
Vimy Pilgrimage Commemorative Medal
A well-worn silvered-metal medallion, embossed with "Vimy Pilgrimage." The medals were struck for roughly 6,000 Canadians who traveled to France in 1936 to see King Edward VIII unveil the Canadian National Vimy Memorial near the Vimy Ridge. The 1917 Battle of Vimy Ridge was contested primarily by the four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force: roughly 3600 Canadian soldiers were killed and 7000 wounded over the course of the three-day offensive. The battle remains in Canada's national mythos as a particular moment of national unity and civic duty.
This medallion was donated to the museum by Olga Norris.
An ancient petroglyph from an unidentified site some distance out Zimovia Highway. Removed in the early 20th century for use as a tourist exhibit in the curio shop of R.W. "Mac" McKibben. White paint follows the outline of the actual petroglyph design: it appears to be a distorted human face, or perhaps a mountain range with lakes at the foot, or something else entirely. The white paint was added by R.W. McKibben, while the meaning of the symbolism is lost to us.
This object was donated by Marlene Summerfield.