Seward History

Last days for Book Sponsors

Last days for Book Sponsors

Sewardites, you are known for being last minute responders, here are the last two days to sponsor a new book for the children, youth and young adult readers in the library! The Wish Tree is up until Thursday January 7th, and the library is open until 8pm. If you have been wanting to stop in after work, Thursday is your […]

January 6, 2016 ·
Wish Tree Super Hero

Wish Tree Super Hero

Every sponsor of a book from our Wish Tree is a super hero! You are helping every child in our community learn to love reading. Your support will help kids in Seward become strong readers! You are the person you are today partly because someone around you– a teacher, a parent, a librarian—connected you to books and reading. This is […]

December 31, 2015 ·
The People’s Tree-a gift from Seward and Chugach NF

The People’s Tree-a gift from Seward and Chugach NF

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – A wolf with an ermine in its mouth stood at a clearing at the edge of Seward Highway, about a mile and a half from the spot where the 74-foot Lutz spruce tree stood, waiting. It stared toward the coach carrying Alaska reporters, sponsors, and dignitaries to the Capitol Christmas “People’s Tree” cutting. Later, […]

October 27, 2015 ·
Movie Night series attempts to return Liberty Theater experience to Seward

Movie Night series attempts to return Liberty Theater experience to Seward

Heidi Zemach for SCN- Missing the good old days when they, or their children could spend an evening together at the Liberty Theater, enjoying movies and catching up with friends, a group of Seward residents has worked out a way to bring that experience back. The Skip and Marie Fletcher Winter Family Movie Series starts this Friday night, and continues […]

October 8, 2015 ·
Friends Host Evening With Jackie Pels at Annual Membership Meeting

Friends Host Evening With Jackie Pels at Annual Membership Meeting

On Thursday evening, Oct 1st, 2015, starting at 6 p.m. the Friends of the Seward Library will be hosting a pot luck dinner and conversation at the library community room with special guest Jackie Pels. Jackie is a well know publisher and author in Seward. Her two dozen books include Alaskan stories with personal and community histories. Her best known […]

September 30, 2015 ·
Mike and Raylene O'Connor toast new owners Brian and Micheley Svabik, who take over the Resurrect Coffee House & Gallery October 1st, 2015. Heidi Zemach photo.

Resurrect Art turned over to new owners

Heidi Zemach for SCN- After 13 ½ years of operating Resurrect Art Coffee House Gallery in Seward, Raylene and Michael O’ Connor are pulling up stakes and selling their business to a younger couple, Micheley and Brian Svabik, who take over the business October 1st. The O’Connors had purchased the old 1916-constructed church building (where local Methodist and Lutheran congregations […]

September 29, 2015 ·
US Coast Guard Cutter Mustang stands by for President Obama

US Coast Guard Cutter Mustang stands by for President Obama

 

September 1, 2015 ·
President Obama leaving Seward Boat Harbor

President Obama leaving Seward Boat Harbor

September 1, 2015 ·

Video-Presidential Motorcade on way to Exit Glacier

September 1, 2015 ·
First Pictures of Obama Arrival

First Pictures of Obama Arrival

SCN will have exclusive coverage coming later this evening.

September 1, 2015 ·
President Obama to visit Anchorage and Seward

President Obama to visit Anchorage and Seward

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary August 28, 2015 WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, August 31, the President will travel to Anchorage, Alaska. While in Anchorage, the President will participate in a roundtable with Alaska Natives and address the Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) Conference. GLACIER will convene foreign ministers from Arctic nations […]

August 28, 2015 ·
Another President Comes to Seward, Alaska

Another President Comes to Seward, Alaska

by Doug Capra © 2015 The following is excerpted from Doug Capra’s book, The Spaces Between: Stories from the Kenai Mountains to the Kenai Fjords (© 2014) published by the Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area with Ember Press. This excerpt just covers his time in Seward. For the complete story, check out the book. Warren G. Harding’s trip to […]

August 26, 2015 ·
Local Officials Stay Tightlipped about Presidential Visit

Local Officials Stay Tightlipped about Presidential Visit

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — When then President Warren G. Harding arrived in Seward on July 13, 1923 aboard the U.S.S. Henderson, people knew his itinerary and welcomed him at the dock. Historic photographs show President Harding standing on the platform of an Alaska Railroad (Alaska Northern Railway Co.) passenger car with a crowd gathered around. More than the […]

August 26, 2015 ·
Book Signing with historian Doug Capra August 14

Book Signing with historian Doug Capra August 14

Book Signing with historian Doug Capra Seward Community Library & Museum Friday, August 14 1-3PM Seward historian & author, Doug Capra, will be signing his book “The Saces Between: Stories from the Kenai Mountains to the Kenai Fjords” at the Seward Museum. The book is a colorful collection of articles and stories about the people and pioneers that helped to […]

August 13, 2015 ·

Art Walk in the Garden Awards

Friends of the Seward Library and the Garden Fairies wish to thank all of the community that stopped by during the Art Walk in the Garden event this last Friday! Thanks also to Nan Thompson and her sewing friends for the donations of the many ‘Fiber Art’ pieces and the individuals that gave. Over $600 was raised that will be […]

August 11, 2015 ·
Art Walk in the Garden this Friday

Art Walk in the Garden this Friday

Enjoy a walk through the finest flower garden in Seward during this month’s First Friday festivities. The Seward Community Library Association will be hosting 13 pieces of fiber art in the garden located on the south side of the Seward Community Library & Museum (corner of 6th and Adams). Proceeds from sale of the artwork will go towards maintaining and […]

August 5, 2015 ·
New mural adds touch of Seward’s past to Chamber building

New mural adds touch of Seward’s past to Chamber building

A bright Seward Mural Society mural commemorating the 50th anniversary of the ’64 Good Friday Earthquake and Tsunami that devastated Seward, was recently mounted on the front wall of the Seward Chamber of Commerce building.  It brightens the grey exterior wall of the newly-renovated building, complemented by colorful flower arrangements. Seward artist Carla Rogers’ 4’x8′ mural was painted by volunteers at the […]

August 4, 2015 ·
Friends of the Seward Community Library Award Local Scholarships

Friends of the Seward Community Library Award Local Scholarships

The Seward Community Library Association, a.k.a. Friends of the Seward Community Library, are excited to announce this year’s winners of the annual Swetmann Scholarship. Since 1978, the Friends of the Seward Community Library has offered college scholarships to Seward area youth pursuing academic education or vocational training after high school. The scholarship is named for Viola Swetmann, founder of the […]

July 28, 2015 ·
Museum Assessment Public Reception July 29

Museum Assessment Public Reception July 29

Museum Assessment Program Press Release – The Seward Community Library & Museum has the honor of housing and caring for the unique collections of the Resurrection Bay Historical Society and the Seward Community Library Association. In order to better serve as stewards of these local history and heritage materials, we are participating in an Organizational Assessment as part of the […]

July 20, 2015 ·

Seward Tsunami lives again in Waves Over Seward documentary

If you are looking for something to do on a rainy day in Seward, or just have a interest in history, make your way to the viewing of Waves Over Seward, a documentary that features footage of the disaster of the Good Friday earthquake that shook Alaska to its core and set Seward, Alaska on fire. March 27, 1964, the […]

July 16, 2015 ·
Book Signing at the Museum July 23

Book Signing at the Museum July 23

Book Signing at the Museum Thursday, July 23rd from 3-5pm Seward author and historian, Doug Capra, will be at the Seward Museum on Thursday, July 23rd from 3-5pm to sign copies of his book:  “The Spaces Between: Stories from the Kenai Mountains to the Kenai Fjords.” The book is a captivating collection of stories about the pioneers that populated Alaska’s […]

July 14, 2015 ·
Museum is now open Sundays!

Museum is now open Sundays!

New Summer Sunday Museum Hours! The Resurrection Bay Historical Society (RBHS) volunteers will open the Museum on Sunday’s, from 1-5 pm through the rest of the summer season.  We at the Library Museum thank the RBHS volunteers for assisting the City to keep the museum open for our visitors  and residents  on a day the museum is not regularly staffed […]

July 10, 2015 ·
Seward veterans perform the Three-Gun Salute on Memorial Day 2015. Heidi Zemach photo.

Memorial Day marked in Seward

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The rain let up by late morning Monday, May 25th at the American Legion Cemetery in Seward as a couple hundred Seward residents sang the national anthem, bowed their heads for prayers, and remembered the sacrifice of veterans who died fighting wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Korea and WWI and WWII. Gleaming white wooden crosses […]

May 25, 2015 ·
Jujiro Wada musical preview and cultural event graces Seward stage

Jujiro Wada musical preview and cultural event graces Seward stage

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – More than 50 Japanese performers of all ages from the Mikan Ichiza Playgroup Musical filled the stage of Seward Auditorium for a school performance Wednesday afternoon, sponsored by the Asian Alaskan Cultural Center. The performance highlighted an upcoming performance of the Japanese musical Chasing the Aurora: The Samurai Musher- The tale of Jujiro Wada from […]

May 1, 2015 ·
What is tatting?

What is tatting?

May 1st, during the First Friday Art Walk, tatting will be the center of activity for folks at A Flyin’ Skein. The history of tatting goes back 2000 years to fisherman using shuttles and heavy cord to weave nets. Through the ages fisherman and sailors passed these knots on. With lace making or tatting, the shuttles are smaller, the threads […]

April 29, 2015 ·
Calling all bibliophiles, the tomes are waiting

Calling all bibliophiles, the tomes are waiting

INTO THE LAST HOUR OF OUR BOOK SALE!! BOOK BONANZA TIME. BAG OR BOX OF BOOKS FOR $2. OPEN UNTIL 4PM The Used Book Sale is ready! Come on over to the Community Room of the Seward Library Museum and browse the tomes we have waiting. Coffee will be on, snacks out, kids corner open so moms and dads can […]

April 17, 2015 ·