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Celebrate Alaska Nellie’s birthday

Delicious home-made strawberry shortcake.

Come celebrate Alaska Nellie’s Birthday at the Seward Senior Center, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 31.

This event is held in remembrance of Alaska Nellie, a vibrant historical figure and pioneer roadhouse operator instrumental in the continuing construction of the Alaska Central Railway, a relationship that carried right on through to the days of the modern Alaska Railroad.

Alaska Nellie also claimed no small fame as trophy size, big game hunter and finished her final chapter living alongside Kenai Lake at a railway station known by her husband’s last name, Lawing.

A formidable force of nature in her own right, Alaska Nellie was born July 25, 1873 in Missouri, USA as Nellie Trosper. and died at Lawing on May 10, 1956 sitting at lakeside in her customary chair.


To commemorate her life and legacy, the Senior Center will be displaying historical photos and copies of Alaska Nellie’s “unvarnished” autobiography.

Nellie with cub 1916-19Visitors can have their picture taken by a professional in an old Alaskan costume of their choice. Vintage props will also be at hand to enhance the visual experience. Enjoy free Strawberry shortcake with the purchase of your (or someone else’s) old-fashioned print.

Donations are welcome and benefit SSC programs. Prints are $10 each.

Email us at or visit our website at Watch for our Facebook page, coming soon! SSCI, 336 Third Avenue, (907) 224-5604.


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