Seward History

Last Weekend to Submit Photos!

Last Weekend to Submit Photos!

It’s your last weekend to submit photos to Friends of the Jesse Lee Home’s (FJLH) Seward’s Day Photo Competition! Deadline to submit is 12pm noon on Seward’s Day, Monday, March 30th. Read more about the competition below. Two admission tickets to the Alaska SeaLife Center were just added to the prize package.   About the competition: In honor of the March […]

March 26, 2015 ·
Seward’s Day Photo Competition

Seward’s Day Photo Competition

Friends of the Jesse Lee Home (FJLH) is excited to announce its Seward’s Day Photo Competition. In honor of the Alaskan holiday honoring William H. Seward, FJLH is hosting a photo competition that aims to promote historic preservation in the 49th state. Through social media, FJLH is asking Alaskans to submit photos that capture how history is living on in their […]

March 10, 2015 ·
Susan and Dorothy next to their infamous cast brass and oak model year 1908 National brand cash register, Jan 27, 2015.  The register still works.  Photo by Jason Aigeldinger.

Selling Success in Seward, the First 100 Years

By Jason Aigeldinger for SCN – Bob Shafer of the Seward Journal wrote an excellent article highlighting Urbach’s 100th anniversary. Although there is some redundant information in the Q&A that follows below, I share with you the interview I did last month with Dorothy Urbach and her daughter Susan. I felt the frank wisdom and humor that shows through in […]

February 25, 2015 ·
Thank You & Happy 2015 from Seward City News!

Thank You & Happy 2015 from Seward City News!

Welcome to 2015! 2014 was our first full calendar year of ownership of Seward City News.  April 17 will mark our two year anniversary, and what an adventure it has been. We have enjoyed providing this service to Seward. Delivering the most relevant news and information about our town to our readers is something we continuously think about. It is amazing […]

January 1, 2015 ·
Sneak Peak: Alaska Starts Here

Sneak Peak: Alaska Starts Here

The Travel Channel will be airing a special on Seward named Alaska Starts Here. The premier is tomorrow Sunday, November 23rd at 9 PM according to their schedule HERE. From the Travel Channel: “Alaska Starts Here The weathered, worn, time-hardened port city of Seward, AK, explodes to 10 times its population every summer, offering untamed, raw Alaska adventures like wrestling monster […]

November 22, 2014 ·
Music and dancing in the stacks

Music and dancing in the stacks

A good time was had Saturday in the Library Museum at our celebration of the season. Music and dancing in the stacks, family story time, face painting, kids crafts, museum open and free, awesome finger foods and cider. Valarie Kingsland and the library staff, Resurrection Bay Historical Society and the Friends of the library want to thank the community for […]

November 18, 2014 ·
Library Museum open house 1-4pm Blackwater Railroad band

Library Museum open house 1-4pm Blackwater Railroad band

November 15, 2014 ·
Museum open and free Saturday 1-4 pm at the Open House

Museum open and free Saturday 1-4 pm at the Open House

Many of Seward’s community have not been into the new Museum space located just inside the entry of the Library Museum building. This Saturday, November 15, 2014, 1-4 p.m. during the open house celebration of the season, the museum will be open and free to the public. The museum is the new home of the collections of both the Resurrection […]

November 15, 2014 ·

Canned Food Drive for Seward’s food bank

Friends of the Library Museum is having a canned food drive for Seward’s food bank, He Will Provide. During our open house this Saturday, 1-4 pm or any time the library is open this Saturday, November 15, 2014, community may drop off canned food items that will go to the local food bank. Only non-perishables please, canned goods preferred. Come […]

November 12, 2014 ·

Open House at the Library Museum this Saturday 1-4pm

Come celebrate the joy of the season at the Seward Community Library Museum on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 1 – 4 p.m. with free guided tours, live music, kids activities, a special preview of the 2014 Wish Tree and much more! “This open house is a great way to explore Seward’s favorite library/museum and welcome some terrific new staff,” Friends […]

November 11, 2014 ·
“And Now the World Again” final performance this evening

“And Now the World Again” final performance this evening

The cast of Doug Capra’s play, And Now the World Again, gathered on stage last night before the opening performance. The play is about the life of American artist Rockwell Kent and his stay on Fox Island in Resurrection Bay during 1918-19. The final performance is tonight (Friday, Nov. 7) at 7 p.m. in the Seward High School theater.

November 7, 2014 ·
See “And Now the World Again” this weekend!

See “And Now the World Again” this weekend!

November 6, 2014 ·
And Now the World Again November 6 & 7

And Now the World Again November 6 & 7

Doug Capra’s latest play will debut on November 6 at 7PM and again on November 7 at 7PM. Bring in two cans of food for the food bank and received half off of general admission.

October 29, 2014 ·
Grants Awarded, History Preserved

Grants Awarded, History Preserved

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – At its meeting in Moose Pass on October 23, the Corridor Communities Association of the Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area (KMTANHA) awarded over $31,000 in grants, much of it locally, with more pending. The non-profit organization receives the majority of it funding from National Park Service grants and in turn funds projects that […]

October 26, 2014 ·
“There’s a Freedom Here” provides Pat William’s experience of Seward’s 100 year history

“There’s a Freedom Here” provides Pat William’s experience of Seward’s 100 year history

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Patricia Ray Williams’ new book, There’s a Freedom Here: My 100 years of Living in Alaska, came out in print in time for her to see and appreciate it before she died, September 18, 2014, not long before what would have been her 105th birthday. A celebration of her life is being held in Seward […]

October 19, 2014 ·

Your used books are wanted

The Friends of the Library Museum are needing your used books. Used book sales helps the Friends support library programs, like the Summer Reading Program, purchase of new books for all age groups and more. Our shelves are almost empty! With fall in the air, we are all getting our lawns, yards and homes ready for winter. Bag those already […]

October 15, 2014 ·
Pat Williams’ birthday party is Oct. 20

Pat Williams’ birthday party is Oct. 20

You’re invited to join in the celebration of what would have been Pat Williams’ 105th birthday. There will be a potluck birthday party from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20 in the Community Room of the Seward Community Library and Museum at 239 Sixth Avenue. Although Pat Williams died in her sleep on Sept. 18, friends and family want to honor […]

October 15, 2014 ·
Mount Marathon Race Civil Suit Settled Out of Court

Mount Marathon Race Civil Suit Settled Out of Court

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – A civil wrongful death suit brought July 26th, 2013 by the estate of Michael LeMaitre, the rookie runner who disappeared without trace during the July 4,  2012 Mount Marathon race, against the Seward Chamber of Commerce has been settled out of court. The settlement of $20,000, a figure suggested by the Chamber’s insurance company […]

October 15, 2014 ·
Capra’s insightful new play debuts

Capra’s insightful new play debuts

Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward Arts Council and Port City Players debuted Doug Capra’s nuanced and thought-provoking historical play Wednesday evening during this week’s Alaska Historical Society’s 2014 Conference, being held this week in Seward. The reader’s theater version of the play, And Now the World Again, is based on the life of artist Rockwell Kent, and his […]

October 2, 2014 ·
Local Non-profit and Government Agencies Cooperate to Dedicate Info Sign Honoring L.V. Ray

Local Non-profit and Government Agencies Cooperate to Dedicate Info Sign Honoring L.V. Ray

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – Under auspiciously clearing skies after days of rain, the local directing group of the Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm, National Heritage Area (KMTANHA), along with the National Park Service and the US Forest Service, dedicated an interpretive sign near L. V. Ray Peak in Moose Pass, Alaska on Tuesday, August 26. A small crowd gathered at […]

August 29, 2014 ·
Dan Seavey Book Signing Event

Dan Seavey Book Signing Event

  Meet legendary musher and Seward local Dan Seavey for a book signing at the Kenai Fjords National Park Information Center.  August 22, 9 AM to 12 PM.

August 22, 2014 ·
Celebrate Alaska Nellie’s birthday

Celebrate Alaska Nellie’s birthday

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. […]

July 24, 2014 ·

Friends of the Seward Library have new website

The Seward Community Library Association, SCLA, (a/k/a Friends of the Seward Library) has a new website. The community is invited to take a look at our new site and sign up for our newsletter that keeps you up-to-date with what’s happening at the Library and Museum. We also invite the community to become a ‘Friend’ of the Seward Library by […]

July 15, 2014 ·
Comment Period Ends, Five Comments Made on City Dredge Permit at SMIC

Comment Period Ends, Five Comments Made on City Dredge Permit at SMIC

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – The public comment period for City of Seward’s permit application to dredge and discharge at Seward Marine Industrial Center closed in late April. Five parties commented. According to Public Affairs Specialist Curt Bieberdorf of the Corps of Engineers, the agency that would issue the permit, the Corps has the application under review and has […]

June 3, 2014 ·