At Lake Clark, the NPS preserves objects that tell the story of our history in the museum collections, everything from historic photos to crayon drawings to birch bark baskets. The long-term preservation of objects for posterity depends on material types -- what the objects are made of. Different materials like distinct storage conditions and curatorial staff ensures the museum objects are stored according to NPS standards and are kept safe for current and future generations.
Collections staff also care for archeological artifacts from extensive surveys, over 2,000 historic photographs, a rich collection of oral history interviews, fossils, archives, preserved small mammals, and other items reflecting the cultural and natural history of this unique place.
Stories From the Past
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Many of these items are fragile and require special conservation. The museum specialists at Lake Clark National Park and Preserve ensure that these irreplaceable pieces of the past will be available to future generations.
Lake Clark's Museum Collections
Peruse the park's entire online museum collections which includes items ranging from ancient fossils to modern-era camera equipment.
Explore a few of Richard Proenneke's belongings now in the park's museum collections.
Last updated: May 7, 2020