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Courtesy Dr. Virginia Hatfield

The Museum of the Aleutians has a new executive director, Dr. Virginia Hatfield.  She took the reins at the beginning of January.

Hatfield is an archeologist by training. She says she fell in love with the field during an undergrad class called 'Prehistory of Texas.'

“What really sunk it for me was we went out at spring break to the desert and recorded rock art in a rock shelter," Hatfield said. "The desert was in full bloom and I was working with a bunch of volunteers that were anywhere from 30- to 70-years-old and everyone was just happy to be there doing this work.”

Chrissy Roes / KUCB

The Museum of the Aleutians has wrapped up the year by hiring a new executive director. Dr. Virginia Hatfield will step into her new position on January 3rd.

Hatfield, an archeologist, moves up from her role as collections manager.

She replaces Dr. Neal Hitch who reopened the museum this summer. It had been closed for nearly a year, following the resignation of the previous director when items from the collection were found in her home. 


Channel 8 Holiday Specials  

There isn’t anything cuter than the Eagle’s View Kindergarten and Preschool Holiday Choir Performance! Check it out on December 21 at 8:00pm following Unalaska this Week.

Travel down memory road with two special holiday themed Channel 8 Rewind episodes! The first episode is all the way back from 1983 and features a variety of musical numbers. The second episode is from December 1988 and includes a kindergarten sing-along, PCR’s Santa Tea and a holiday piano recital. December 22 at 8 PM.

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The director of the Museum of the Aleutians has resigned after just four months on the job.

Dr. Neal Hitch signed a three-year contract with Unalaska's cultural history museum in August. But last week, he said unforeseen circumstances have forced him to leave the island.

"I've just had some personal family matters come up, and I have to return to California to take care of that stuff," said Hitch. "It's kind of unfortunate, but some personal things in my own life just made the location impossible."

With the aid of teachers Amy Purevsuren and Shawna Rudio, the UCSD hosted the annual Poetry Out Loud competition on Monday, December 5th in the high school auditorium. There were 43 participants this year.

Established by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, this years competition was emceed by Mia Magalong. Magalong introduced the competition by summarizing the events overall purpose.