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

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