The Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum is dedicated to supporting the Sheldon Jackson Museum and its unique Alaska Native ethnographic collection through advocacy, acquisition, and educational programming.

The Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that supports the education and outreach programs of the Sheldon Jackson Museum. We were incorporated November 13, 1985.  Most of our members live in Sitka and southeast Alaska, and the remaining live throughout the United States. The Board of Directors is a seven member board of volunteers elected to a three year terms by the membership.

The Board

PositionNameElectedTerm Ends
Co-PresidentRosemary Carlton20202023
Co-PresidentKrystina Scheller20202023
TreasurerLisa Bykonen20192022
SecretaryRobert Hoffmann20212024
At-LargeFred Olsen20192022
At-LargeJan Steinbright 20192022
At-LargeDarlene Orr20202022

The Friends also support the museum by assisting in purchasing new artifacts for the Museum’s permanent collection, and the “hands-on” educational collection which educators all over Alaska can check out and use in their classrooms. The Friends also provide financial support publishing museum-related materials and a quarterly newsletter. They assist in applying for grants which fund research and educational programs, and underwrite the annual Native Artists Residency Program.