By HANNAH FLEACE
Right off Broadway and a hop across the railroad tracks, the Alaska Geographic Museum Store is making a new home in the old Martin Itjen House.

The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Trail Center moved down Broadway between Fifth and Sixth Streets.
“I like the idea that we’re the new tourists from the original tourist supporter,” manager Carlottee Henson said. “I think Martin Itjen would approve.”
Martin Itjen came to Skagway at the height of the gold rush to prospect. When that didn’t pan out, he began Skagway Streetcar tours. Today the building for his namesake draws park groupies and collectors.
The museum store is a nonprofit partner with the KGRNHP and carries park-associated goods.
When the Visitor Center began making space for the 100-year anniversary museum exhibits, it was time for the museum store to have its own space.
“Patches and pins and Jr. ranger outfits,” Henson said. “We cater a lot to ‘park groupies.’”
The store has park souvenirs, patches for the Chilkoot Trail, books and even cookie cutters in the shape of seals and fish. Mostly, Henson said the store and the greater Alaska Geographic nonprofit are a way for folks to stay connected to Alaska.
“It’s a way for them to know what’s going on in Alaska,” Henson said. “To support us and feel that connection.”