History

Unforgettable Alaska story told through youngster’s eyes

Unforgettable Alaska story told through youngster’s eyes

By Heidi Zemach for SCN –  My Name Is Not Easy isn’t an easy book to read. Although it is extremely readable, and frequently light-hearted and hopeful, it’s also a vivid reminder of, or introduction to a painful part of Alaska’s not-so-distant past—one that reverberates strongly today. It’s a fascinating book that evokes some key aspects of rural Interior Native Alaska […]

October 25, 2014 ·
[Video] “3,022 ft.” the movie  & fund raiser

[Video] “3,022 ft.” the movie & fund raiser

A documentary about the Mount Marathon Race titled “3,022 ft.” is in post-production and is targeting Spring 2015 for release.  The movie focuses on the 2014 event and is being is being crowd funded, although it is well short of its goal. For more information watch the trailer above, visit their campaign page here  or visit their web site at 3022ft.com .

October 21, 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 ·
An insider’s look at creating the 911 Museum

An insider’s look at creating the 911 Museum

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Alaska Historical Society and Museums Alaska members visiting Seward for their annual conference last week heard from a woman who has mastered one of the most difficult curator jobs one could imagine: creating the National September 11 Museum & Memorial in Manhattan. In a presentation Friday called “Too soon? Too sad? Too sensitive? Too […]

October 8, 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 ·
Alaska Nellie Tombstone Stabilized

Alaska Nellie Tombstone Stabilized

Heidi Zemach for SCN – The headstone on Alaska Nellie’s grave has been stabilized and given a bit of an uplift thanks to the extensive volunteer effort of some fellow birders who care about preserving local history. Jim Herbert and Kerry Martin were attending one of local historian Lee Poleske’s annual Solstice cemetery tours this summer, when he mentioned that […]

September 15, 2014 ·

Nominate Someone For Their Local Historic Preservation Efforts

City of Seward Press Release – Seward has quite a history. For over 100 years now its citizens have come and gone; enriching our sense of place with each life and event. Without the hard work and civic pride of those that came before, Seward would not be the exemplary city it is today. And without the people and organizations […]

September 8, 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 ·

You’re invited to Founders’ Day

Celebrate the anniversary of Seward’s founding at the open house from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 at the Seward Community Library Museum on the corner of Sixth and Adams. The Resurrection Bay Historical Society will serve cake and light refreshments at this annual event that recalls the establishment of a railroad town at the head of Resurrection Bay on Aug. […]

August 27, 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 Founders’ Day on Aug. 28

There will be cake and light refreshments at this year’s celebration of Seward’s Founders’ Day – an annual event that recalls the establishment of a railroad town at the head of Resurrection Bay on Aug. 28, 1903. Resurrection Bay Historical Society invites the public to join the festivities marking the 111th anniversary of the arrival of the landing party from […]

August 22, 2014 ·
2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis to Visit Seward

2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis to Visit Seward

SEWARD, ALASKA – On Tuesday, Sept. 9, the Seward Friends of the Library and the Seward Art Council will co-host athlete, author, speaker, and 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis. The program will be held at the Seward Community Library Museum at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Jennifer has logged more […]

August 20, 2014 ·
Capra Book Signing, Q&A, Tonight at the Library

Capra Book Signing, Q&A, Tonight at the Library

Join us for an evening of stories, history and people. The Friends of the Seward Library will be having a book signing and Q&A with local author/historian Doug Capra. Doug is launching his new book, The Spaces Between, Stories From the Kenai Mountains to the Kenai Fjords. Starts at 6:30 pm for the Friends membership, this is a benefit of […]

August 18, 2014 ·
Doug Capra’s Seward history focuses on local stories

Doug Capra’s Seward history focuses on local stories

Heidi Zemach for Seward City News –   Some view history as events shaped by war, politics, and presidents, and view common people’s experiences as simply the byproducts of those events. Not Seward historian Doug Capra, who has a new book coming out on the stories about some of the most interesting pioneers to grace the region, and other things […]

August 15, 2014 ·
Jesse Lee prime candidate for historic renovation and LEEDs certification

Jesse Lee prime candidate for historic renovation and LEEDs certification

Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – The 86-year old Jesse Lee Orphanage, which sits on prime City land above Seward and has been abandoned and vandalized since the ’64 earthquake, would be a great candidate for National Historic Building designation and LEEDS energy certification, said Barbara Campagna, an architect from BAC/A&P (Architecture and Planning). It’s an architecture and planning […]

August 6, 2014 ·
Council agrees to sell Jesse Lee, hears lagoon concerns

Council agrees to sell Jesse Lee, hears lagoon concerns

Heidi Zemach for SCN – Friends of Jesse Lee Home (FJLH) members celebrated, and filmed themselves talking about their victory at Monday night’s meeting after the Seward City Council agreed to transfer the old national historic building orphanage and land upon which it sits to their organization for “less than the appraised value,” meaning for practically nothing except closing costs. Meanwhile, […]

July 30, 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 ·
Finding Bethany, author Glen Klinkhart book signing June 6

Finding Bethany, author Glen Klinkhart book signing June 6

Adults and teens are invited to complete their June 6 First Friday art walk at the Seward Community Library Museum, where author and former Anchorage Police Department Detective Glen Klinkhart will lead a short discussion about his new true crime memoir, “Finding Bethany.” A book signing will follow. Friends of the Library members can get early access to the author […]

June 3, 2014 ·
Glen Klinkhart booking signing with Q&A, June 6

Glen Klinkhart booking signing with Q&A, June 6

Adults and teens are invited to complete their June 6 First Friday art walk at the Seward Community Library Museum, where author and former Anchorage Police Department Detective Glen Klinkhart will lead a short discussion about his new true crime memoir, “Finding Bethany.” A book signing will follow. Friends of the Library members can get early access to the author […]

May 28, 2014 ·

Drop by the library today

Friday, May 23, 2014 is Patty Linville’s last day as Director of the Seward Community Library Museum. During regular hours at the library, the community is invited to drop by and say farewell. View flyer here

May 23, 2014 ·

LOOKING FOR OLD PHOTOS

FOR SEWARD FOLKS LIVING IN OR OUT OF STATE Does anyone have photos of clean up in Seward during the week or so after the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake? Photos of the honey bucket truck, soldiers with their Bunny Boots standing guard, people being fed at the high school, city offices or civil defense offices with people in the hospital […]

April 29, 2014 ·
Historic Preservation Commission Seeks Public Input

Historic Preservation Commission Seeks Public Input

What is important to you as community members of this community? How do we maintain history and character of our community while still promoting our independent ways? On the evening of Tuesday, April 22, the Seward Historic Preservation Commission (SHPC) along with Nuka Research & Planning Group out of Seldovia, met with a small group of local community members to […]

April 28, 2014 ·
TONIGHT: LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

TONIGHT: LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

The Seward Historic Preservation Commission invites you to attend a discussion on revising the Historic Preservation Plan.  Come join us on Tuesday April 22, at 6:30PM at the library museum. Refreshments will be provided. Join us, share your ideas, and tell us how you would like to see the character of Seward’s history preserved. If you are unable to attend, […]

April 22, 2014 ·