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Poleske explaining cemetery sections to tour participants. Photo: Norma Elletson.

Seward Celebrates Solstice with a Cemetery Tour

By Kelley Lane for Seward City News- On Wednesday evening, June 21st, 50 Sewardites celebrated the Summer Solstice with a Cemetery Tour.  Cemetery tours have taken place for more than a decade on the Summer Solstice. Local historian Lee Poleske led the event with the competent support of Council Member Sue […]

Solstice Cemetery Tour June 21st

You are invited to join Lee Poleske and Sue McClure for the 12th Annual Summer Solstice Cemetery Tour at 10:30 PM Wednesday June 21st, beginning at the Legion section of the cemetery (behind the Chamber of Commerce). Lee will lead us through selected gravesites, reading the obituaries at each stop. The […]

Historic Glass Bottle Bearing JA Baughman's name. Photo: Michael Hankins

Pioneer Seward Doctor: A Story in Glass Bottles

“Pioneer Seward Doctor: A Story in Glass Bottles” is an essay by Michael Hankins. Mr. Hankins grew up in Alaska and graduated from East High School in Anchorage in 1972. He wrote this essay out of a desire to share his experiences with the current Seward community, and for his children and […]

Looking For Community Members Who Worked on the Tustumena

Looking For Community Members Who Worked on the Tustumena

Seeking interested parties who have worked on or have personal stories about the M/V Tustumena ferry during it’s home port days in Seward, Alaska. The Tusty Story Project is affiliated with the UAF Oral History Collection and the Alaska Marine Highway, and was established to collect and record stories in […]

The Last Ferry

The Last Ferry

The Last Ferry is an autobiographical essay by Michael Hankins depicting the Seward area in the late 1960s. Mr. Hankins grew up in Alaska and graduated from East High School in Anchorage in 1972. He wrote this essay out of a desire to share his experiences with the current Seward community, and […]

Ever seen a 32-foot-tall puffin?

Ever seen a 32-foot-tall puffin?

Seward’s newest murals, by master artist Liza McElroy, will be unveiled at Harbor 360 Hotel, 1412 4th Avenue, on Saturday, May 20. On hand for the excitement will be Seward-born author Jackie Pels, with her book Framed by Sea & Sky: Community art in Seward, mural capital of Alaska. Come […]

This photo, found at the Seward Community Library, depicts Hankins' picnic spot during the railroad era.

Seeking Solitude in Seward

Seeking Solitude in Seward is an essay by Michael Hankins depicting the Seward area in the late 1960s. Mr. Hankins grew up in Alaska and graduated from East High School in Anchorage in 1972. He wrote this essay out of a desire to share his experiences with the current Seward community, […]

Education Scholarships Available-Deadline May 1, 2017

Education Scholarships Available-Deadline May 1, 2017

The Friends of the Seward Library Museum is currently accepting applications for the annual Swetmann Scholarship. This scholarship opportunity is available to Seward-area students, between the ages of 16-21, who have been schooled in the Seward area for at least two years and carry a current library card. Applicants are […]

KMTA welcomes public to April 12 Board Meeting

The spring board meeting for the Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area is open to the public. KMTA is a non-profit organization that encourages discovery of the story of our glacially-carved corridor through grassroots grants and community partnerships. The Board will meet at the Anchor Inn in Whittier Wednesday, April […]

Celebrate Seward’s Day Thursday, March 30

Celebrate Seward’s Day Thursday, March 30

The Resurrection Bay Historical Society is hosting a 1-hour slideshow by Author Michael Dunham followed by light refreshments. The lecture will cover William H Seward, Tzar Alexander II, General Jefferson Davis and Tlingit leader Koh’klux, and their roles in the US acquisition of Russian America. The event will take place in […]

Dichotomies at the Valdez Glacier

Dichotomies at the Valdez Glacier

By Allison Sayer for City News – The stunning Valdez Glacier Lake lies at the end of the unvarnished “Glacier Haul Dump Road.” Junkyards and an old asbestos dump line the gravel road. A glacial moraine is, after all, a huge pile of rocks and gravel. It is an extremely […]

Salmon Forum Thursday April 13th

Salmon Forum Thursday April 13th

There will be a Salmon Forum Thursday, April 13th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the Seward Community Library. Please join us for an informational forum to discuss the biology, history, economics, and general status of Resurrection Bay salmon stocks (including Bear Lake). Forum guest speakers will include Jay Baumer […]