Exit Glacier Project Jukebox

The Oral History Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Kenai Fjords National Park
are proud to announce the completion of the Exit Glacier/Kenai Fjords National Park Project
Jukebox, available online at http://jukebox.uaf.edu/exitglacier. People who visit the website
can access oral, visual and map resources that offer a rich understanding of the history of how
people have used Exit Glacier and the Resurrection River Valley.

This project highlights conversations with twenty-three long-term residents of Seward, Alaska
about their lives, and traditional activities in the area around Exit Glacier from 1950-1980. The
people interviewed are a diverse group, ranging from skiers, hikers and mountaineers, to
snowmachiners, hunters, dogmushers, National Park Service managers, and construction workers
on the road to Exit Glacierthat now provides easy access to the glacier and park nature center.
Other topics discussed in the interviews include: life in Seward and how it has changed; the 1964
Earthquake; construction of the road to Exit Glacier; changes in the glacier and the local animal
populations; a snowmachine tour operation on Harding Icefield; hunting; and effects of the
establishment of Kenai Fjords National Park in 1980.



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During the interviews, people used colored pens to mark the areas they used on USGS maps.
These maps are visible on this website as interactive Google maps.

Project Jukebox has helped preserve stories from aspects of Seward’s recent history that may not
be well-known and have made them accessible to the public. The information discussed in these
interviews will be of interest to both local Seward residents wanting to know more about land
use activities in their community, as well as to visitors interested in better understanding the
community.

This project was supported by funding from the National Park Service.
For more information about this project, please contact:
Karen Brewster at the Project Jukebox Office, University of Alaska Fairbanks
karen.brewster@alaska.edu, (907) 474-6672
Shannon Kovac, Cultural Resource Manager, Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward, Alaska
shannon_kovac@nps.gov, (907) 422-0541

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