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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 ·
National Heritage Area Group Installs New Sign

National Heritage Area Group Installs New Sign

Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm “Discover the Story” sign was installed recently at MP 12.3 at the Snow River pull-out on the Seward Highway just in time to welcome directors of other National Heritage Areas from around the nation who visited Seward during a regional conference. The Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area is becoming more widely known and a source of pride […]

June 8, 2015 ·

Nominations for local historic preservation efforts accepted now!

2015 Historic Preservation Award Nominations for local historic preservation efforts accepted now!   This annual award recognizes local preservation efforts and encourages community understanding and appreciation of Seward’s history. For over 100 years, many Seward citizens have enriched our sense of place and community.  Without the hard work and civic pride of those that came before us, Seward would not […]

May 28, 2015 ·
Founding Board Member of Heritage Conservation Group Retires

Founding Board Member of Heritage Conservation Group Retires

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — Jim Richardson of Cooper Landing and Anchorage retired from the board of the Community Association of the Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area after having served since its establishment in 2009. Mr. Richardson loved the mountains between Indian, Hope, Cooper Landing, Seward and Whittier and worked to foster increased appreciation of the region. In […]

May 26, 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 ·
Thanks to community, used book sale a success

Thanks to community, used book sale a success

The Friends of the Seward Library would like to thank the community for the support for the used book sale on Saturday! The turn out was great and books left the building by the bags full! Children’s and junior/young adult books were popular as free. Many smiling faces with books clutched tight left the sale. Thank you also to the […]

April 21, 2015 ·
Fair sailing to Seward couple who are leaving town after 58 years

Fair sailing to Seward couple who are leaving town after 58 years

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Friends and neighbors said a sad, fond farewell to Monty and Florita Richardson, two longtime Seward residents in their mid-90s who have touched generations of people since moving to Seward 58 years ago. The goodbye reception took place at AVTEC this week, practically on the very spot where the old school he once taught […]

April 19, 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 ·
Used Book Sale, Saturday, April 18

Used Book Sale, Saturday, April 18

Friends of the Seward Library are having the first used books sale in the new facility! All proceeds go to library programs. Saturday, April 18, 2015. There is still time to bring us your used books! (If you do it soon!) Seeking volunteers to help with our sale. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a48afaa2ca5f85-used See our website for more information: www.friendsofsclm.org The used books are […]

April 7, 2015 ·

How Seward got Its Name

http://www.youralaskalink.com/politics/special-interest/Heard-it-in-the-Halls–298100531.html

April 2, 2015 ·
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 ·
The price of going green and staying quaint

The price of going green and staying quaint

By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – The Seward City Council asked City Administration via Seward Electric department head John Foutz to purchase 24 five-globe decorative lights and assemblies for the Third Avenue downtown district, at Monday’s Feb 23 regular meeting. The current street poles and arm assemblies would remain, but will be equipped with new brackets, globes, and […]

March 2, 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 ·
Bethel Museum seeks assistance in finding stolen artifacts

Bethel Museum seeks assistance in finding stolen artifacts

  If you have information about the missing artifacts, please call the Bethel Police Department at 907-543-3781. For more information about the theft, visit http://www.ykhc.org/2015/02/04/native-artwork-stolen-from-ykhc-headquarters/.

February 6, 2015 ·

1947 SEWARD ALASKA

I posted pictures a couple of years ago that George Daniels gave me of 1947 Seward Alaska, but there were a lot more pictures that I didn’t post,thought I would share them. Most of the pictures are of Seward area, some of the later pictures are of George’s business in Port Townsend WA.,He was known as Fiberglass George. https://donutsdoo.wordpress.com/2015/02/04/territorial-alaska-1947-george-daniels/ Enjoy

February 4, 2015 ·

Putting Poems in State Parks: Poems in Place invites you to join us

Poems in Place Kickoff Events in Seward February 6th & 7th Poems in Place places poems by Alaskan writers on permanent signs in two of Alaska’s State Parks each year. This year we are seeking poems for Caines Head State Recreational Area, Seward and Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park, Kodiak. ~ An Evening of Poetry will be held at Resurrect […]

January 22, 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 ·

Historic Preservation Commission Work Sessions canceled for December 17

The Historic Preservation Work Session scheduled for Wednesday, December 17, 2014 has been canceled.

December 16, 2014 ·
Make a wish come true at the Library Museum!

Make a wish come true at the Library Museum!

The annual Wish Tree has been placed in the library and ready for you to help us place new books on the shelves! Each beautiful vintage postcard holds a book wish with suggestions from patrons and the library staff. For $20, you can make a book wish come true! Stop by the library museum during open hours, take some time […]

December 10, 2014 ·