August 20, 2021
New content preserves rich cultural legacy of the Aleutians and will be available to teachers, students, and lifelong learners
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — GCI, Alaska’s largest telecommunications provider, is committed to connecting Alaska to the rest of the world — and not just over the internet. The company recently donated $5,000 to the Museum of the Aleutians to help connect people everywhere to the rich cultural legacy of the Aleutian Islands region.
The Museum of the Aleutians is currently working to make its collection available to a wider community by developing additional web content, including a story map of the prehistoric and historic archaeological sites in the Aleutians, and museum teacher kits to aid teachers, parents and visitors in teaching and learning Aleutian history and culture.
“We’re really excited to support this project that will help people all over Alaska and throughout the world learn more about the history and culture of the Unangan people,” said Jenifer Nelson, GCI Senior Manager of corporate communications and community engagement. “We provide connectivity all over Alaska and this is a chance for us to foster a different kind of community connection to my culture and people.”
The project, in partnership with the City of Unalaska, will result in materials teachers and students can use to learn about Unangan culture and anthropology and will follow the principles of the Alaska standards of education to be a tool for teachers and the public across Alaska and beyond.
“The COVID-19 pandemic dramatically illustrated our need to expand and improve our online resources,” said Virginia Hatfield, Executive Director of the Museum of the Aleutians. “This donation from GCI will help us do that and further our mission to share, collect and preserve our rich history in the region.”
GCI is currently in the midst of a major development in the Aleutians, the GCI Aleutians Fiber Project. The project will deliver urban-level speed, service and reliability for the first time to the communities of Unalaska, King Cove, Sand Point, Akutan, Chignik Bay, and Larsen Bay. Service is scheduled to be activated in Unalaska in late 2022.
GCI is one of Alaska’s leaders in corporate philanthropy, donating approximately $2 million each year in cash, products, and connectivity to organizations across the state. GCI is committed to giving back to the communities it serves and provides employees with 16 hours of paid leave to volunteer with local organizations. In 2020, more than 320 GCI employees volunteered over 2,900 hours with local non-profit organizations across the state.
Headquartered in Alaska, GCI provides data, mobile, video, voice and managed services to consumer, business, government, and carrier customers throughout Alaska, serving more than 200 communities. The company has invested more than $3 billion in its Alaska network and facilities over the past 40 years and recently launched true standards-based 5G NR service in Anchorage, now the nation’s northernmost 5G service area. Learn more about GCI at www.gci.com. GCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Broadband Corporation (Nasdaq: LBRDA, LBRDK, LBRDP). Learn more about Liberty Broadband at http://www.libertybroadband.com.