Seward History

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 […]

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 […]

History conference registration now open

History conference registration now open

The Kenai Peninsula is not only beautiful, but it has a fascinating and little known history.  The first local history conference since 1974 is coming to Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River Campus in Soldotna on April 21-22, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Registration for 150 Years: Kenai Peninsula History Conference […]

Community Book Read With Author

Community Book Read With Author

Kristin Hannah will be calling in to discuss her book, The Nightingale! Join us at the Seward Community Library on Saturday, March 4th, 2017. Get your book and start reading today! Available through the Joint Library Catalog and some copies are available for free from the Friends of the Seward […]

Nominations Open for Local Historic Preservation Efforts

Nominations Open for Local Historic Preservation Efforts

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 be the exemplary […]