Building for Alaska museum, library archives set to open

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A new state museum, library and archives building opens in Juneau next week.

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A new state museum, library and archives building opens in Juneau next week.

    It's a project years in the making, and one of the last major buildings to be constructed by the state before the oil crash plunged Alaska into a deep deficit.

    The sleek, bright and airy facility is located at the site of the old museum downtown. State Sen. Dennis Egan says it's named for the late Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff, who became the first curator of the Alaska Territorial Library and Museum in 1920.

    Besides exhibit space, the facility boasts some playful touches such as a display case for community art. There also will be a cafe, bookstore and community meeting space.

    The opening is scheduled for June 6.

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