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Anchorage Museum director resigns

James Pepper HenryJames Pepper Henry, director and chief executive of the Anchorage Museum for the past six years, is to leave the Anchorage Museum on July 5 for a position as executive director and CEO of the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Ariz.

Pepper Henry, a member of the Kaw tribe of Oklahoma, held management positions at several other institutions dedicated to Native American culture, including the Institute of Alaska Native Arts in Fairbanks and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, before going to the Anchorage Museum.

Pepper Henry took the reins at the Anchorage Museum, which is owned by the Municipality of Anchorage, in 2007 as the facility was undergoing a major $110 million expansion. The Imaginarium Discovery Center moved into the museum and the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center exhibition of Alaska Native items opened as part of the expansion.

Image: James Pepper Henry Chris Arend — Anchorage Museum