Free Admission for June 2015 First Friday!

We will be celebrating First Friday this month with free admission from 5 – 8pm. We are a small, volunteer, non-profit museum, so donations are welcome (and needed). Mostly, tho – we want you to see what we’ve done to the joint!

And yes, there will be cookies!


Partnerships: Field Notes

When you are a small museum with a very small gift shop – one case and one bookshelf to be precise – you have to pick what you carry carefully. Space is at a premium and we aren’t keen on having to dust stuff that won’t sell. As a result, a significant portion of our merchandise (“merch”) are items that we also own and enjoy.

Several months ago I learned about a company in Chicago, IL that makes memo books called “Field Notes.” With the motto: “I’m not writing it down to remember it later, I’m writing it down to remember it now,” I was intrigued. As someone who is constantly writing down ideas, dates, to do lists, etc., this was something I could relate to. In learning about the company, I found out that they partner with other small businesses to produce the paper that makes up the 3 ½” x 5½” pocket size Field Notes, here in the U.S.A. Just to make things even more fun, the Field Notes folks also produce a new design for their memo books four times a year.

As a fan of American-made, practical tools with a creative edge, I decided to give them a try (they come 3 to a pack), and BINGO! Just what I was looking for. Lightweight, easy to carry, and hassle free. No need to power up, or plug in, or tap. Just jot it down, or doodle, or sketch, and get on with your day.

So, yes – we now carry them! In fact, we are now their northernmost retailer (not hard to do when the Arctic Circle is a day trip from your community). As a special treat for our visitors, we ordered extras of the Alaska edition (ignore the part of the title that says “County Fair,” apparently no one told them we have boroughs – not counties – up here) that has some fun facts about Alaska on the back. Such as the official state sport is … you guessed it: Dog Mushing!

Good for gifts, better for yourself – pick up a pack or two when you are in the Co-Op Building on 2nd Ave! We also carry Field Notes brand Steno books, old school ball point pens, and pencils.

Field Notes Ambition Edition

Ledger, grid paper memo book, and calendar. Printed and embossed with metallic gold ink.

The Alaska Edition!

Grid paper notebooks in blue, yellow, and red. The back cover is full of fun facts about our Great State: state flower, state sport, state insect (nope, not the mosquito). Great gift for visitors or for yourself!


Full display. Includes American made pens and pencils. Plus the very handy, very classic Stenographer’s Pad.

Field Notes

“Antarctic Survey Orange” front cover and “Polar Night Black” back cover

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Partnerships: The Alaska Veterans Museum

One thing about being a community museum that is such a blast is getting to work with other small museums! This summer we are fortunate enough to partner on an exhibit about the use of sled dogs in the military. As part of that partnership, the Alaska Veterans Museum (AVM) Executive Director Col. Suellyn Wright Novak, USAF (Ret) has graciously lent us objects for the exhibit (open May 15, 2015) and research materials.

I was fortunate to visit the AVM last week and have a delightful and insightful lunch with Col. Novak. If you find yourself in Anchorage, please stop by and visit this unique Alaskan museum!

The Alaska Veterans Museum in Anchorage, Alaska, USA

The Alaska Veterans Museum in Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Text and Photos: Diane “Bunny” Fleeks, Exhibits

We Are In The News! Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, that is.

One of the fun things about being a local non-profit museum is that your friends and neighbors are also your patrons. So when you re-locate, they have a vested interest in where you moved to. We were fortunate enough to secure space in a well-known location, the historic Co-Op Plaza on 2nd Ave. At one time it housed the first theater in Fairbanks – the Empress. Some of us, of a “certain” age, remember it fondly because the only toy store in town was in there. Now businesses such as a bustling crepe shop, book store, artist co-op, and a custom knife shop, are our neighbors.

Check out this cool story!

What’s In A Name? The Story Behind Our Name

“The Fairbanks Community and Dog Mushing Museum” doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. We know that.

Here’s how it came about. We started off as a community museum as part of a city re-vitalization plan. Around the same time a couple of guys got to talking about all the historic Fairbanks “stuff” they had collected over the years. One thing led to another, as it usually does around here, and presto! A museum all about Fairbanks was formed.

Sometime later, some folks decided to create a museum all about Alaska’s state sport: Dog Mushing. Over time, it moved from its original location – 2nd floor of the historic Co-Op Plaza building on 2nd Ave – to a gallery in The Fairbanks Community Museum. And sometime after that it was decided that the Fairbanks Community Museum would take ownership and stewardship of the objects of the former Dog Mushing Museum. This resulted in merging the two non-profit museums into one, and sort of smushing the two names together.

And since things tend to go in cycles in communities like this one; The Fairbanks Community and Dog Mushing Museum is now BACK in the former home of the old Dog Mushing Museum on the 2nd floor of the historic Co-Op Plaza building on 2nd Ave.

Some how, it all works. We are 501(c)(3) non-profit, run by local volunteers, who have a passion for both our local history and culture, as well as decades of experience as mushing enthusiasts. We love to talk about our home here in the sub-Arctic North, and welcome all questions!

We look forward to your visit!

Text: Diane “Bunny” Fleeks

Hello World!

Welcome to the new blog for the Fairbanks Community/Dog Mushing Museum! Excuse our mess as we are getting ready for the 2015 summer season in our new home! We look forward to sharing our stuff with you – our friends and neighbors – and visitors from all over the world!

Have a great day!