Events, Seward History

Pictorial Atlas of Seward History Program November 16

This month’s history program at the Seward Library Museum on Thursday, Nov. 16 will give details about how a historical atlas of downtown Seward came to fruition.

Resurrection Bay Historical Society has invited Kenai Fjords National Park archaeologist Patrick Lewis to explain the efforts that went into producing a 185-page book that shows changes over the years in Seward’s downtown district. The publication draws heavily on historic photos from the RBHS and Seward Community Library Association collections.

Starting at 7 p.m. this Thursday in the community room, Lewis will share particulars about the impetus of the project and will show examples of how the national park used Sanborn insurance maps, aerial images and historic photos to track changes in Seward’s downtown district.

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More than a decade ago, Kenai Fjords National Park purchased a number of downtown properties in anticipation of construction a new park headquarters. With each real estate acquisition, the national park researched the history of the property. In the end, the national park combined this information with photos and maps to publish the book “Historical Atlas of Seward, Alaska.”

The national park will provide a complimentary copy of the book to those attending the Nov. 16 program. RBHS thinks history enthusiasts will want a copy of it on their bookshelf.

The event is free and open to the public.

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