Seward, the little city by Resurrection Bay, has quite a history. For over 100 years now its citizens have come and gone, lived and died; enriching our sense of place with each life and event. We are fortunate to have such a past behind us, as without the hard work […]
Category: Seward History
About the story: John Nash, the namesake of Nash Road, lived in Seward from 1904 until his death in 1927. His homestead was located at the head of Resurrection Bay where he had a small farm that was highly regarded for the quality of its vegetables. During his time here […]
“Snapshots of Seward”, a pictorial history book, is available at Cover to Cover Bookstore. “Snapshots of Seward” is the Seward Community Library Association’s Centennial project. The Seward Community Library Association greatly appreciates the hard work by Amy Mow and Dawn Ernst that finally made this book possible. It is a […]
In this week’s ‘Bits of History’ we hear the story of the finest baseball games ever played in the length and breadth of Alaska. The time is 1916 and the Anchorage baseball team has made the arduous journey down to Seward to take part in a 3 game series. Play […]
This week’s ‘Bits of History’ is dedicated to the fine and amiable citizens of Valdez. Thank you for not tossing our locomotive into the bay when you had the chance.
Join us for this week’s ‘Bits of History’ as we hear an account of the first sled dog race held in the city of Iditarod, Alaska.
From Wikipedia: Seward’s Day is a legal holiday in the U.S. state of Alaska. It falls on the last Monday in March and commemorates the signing of the Alaska Purchase treaty on March 30, 1867. It is named for then-Secretary of State William H. Seward, who negotiated the purchase from […]
(By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News) SPD Sgt.Doreen Valadez James Eacker, of Fairbanks, was convicted of murdering Toni Lister, a 29-year old Seward mother of four, by a Kenai Superior Court jury March 10th. She was killed sometime around March 6, 1982– almost 28 years to the day […]
In this week’s ‘Bits of History,’ a half ton of gold dust arrives in Seward from the Iditarod mining district. You can bet they went a little slower than Lance Mackey. Enjoy!
The following story was based on the December, 1918 journal entries of Rockwell Kent during his stay on Fox Island. I am especially thankful to Doug Capra for his research and insightful introduction to the Wesleyan University Press publication of Kent’s ‘Wilderness.’ Drafts – The cider! Kents body jerked then […]
This week’s ‘Bits of History’ with Lee Poleske features an editorial from the Seward Gateway, published on January 11th, 1921, concerning moving the territorial capital from Juneau to Seward. Enjoy!
In this week’s ‘Bits of History’, Alfred Lowell and Jujiro Wada have returned to Seward after successfully passing over the route from Seward to the Iditarod gold fields, and have submitted a report on their findings. Enjoy! Important Update regarding the Mayor’s Cup Race this Saturday! THE MAYOR’S CUP RACE […]
The following story was based on an actual event, as reported in the ‘Seward Gateway’ on April 23, 1915. Resurrection The rain fell steadily past the window of the Pioneer Hospital, sending the last few mounds of rotten snow that hid from the April sun in a laughing headlong rush […]
This week’s ‘Bits of History’ continues our celebration of the centennial of the Wada-Lowell Expedition. In this episode, we hear a report from the two men after they have successfully passed over the route from Seward to the Iditarod Country, and have sent a telegraph from Kaltag. Enjoy! p.s. Happy […]
Thaw This was not the life Arthur Becks had dreamed of. Trudging home through the snow, the legs of his trousers a sodden, clinging mess below his knees, where tired wool met cracking leather, this very night he had finally come to the unfortunate conclusion that he was not a […]
Welcome to another ‘Bits of History,’ brought to you by the Seward Museum. Today’s installment tells the story of the famous Japanese musher Jujiro Wada and his proposal to the Seward Commercial Club to scout and report back the condition of the winter trail from Seward to the Iditarod country. […]
If you’ve visited the Seward Museum, you’ve likely seen the century-old phonograph player in the living room exhibit. Just how does it work? What’s the difference between an Edison and a Victrola? Are they the same as a gramophone? What are phonograph wax cylinders? These and other questions will be […]