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Alaska Historical Commission Awards Anniversary Grants

(Anchorage, AK) - The Alaska Historical Commission at its meeting last week in Juneau awarded nearly $100,000 in grants for 11 projects around the state to promote research and planning for upcoming anniversaries of significant events and places in Alaska’s history. The recipients include:

  • Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Cold War oral history project
  • St. George Episcopal Church, Red Dragon Reading Room historic building assessment
  • Port Chilkoot, Fort Seward barracks interpretive signs
  • Russian Orthodox Sacred Sites in Alaska, St. Nicholas Church in Juneau dome rehabilitation, and Holy Assumption Church in Kenai bell tower
  • Gastineau Channel Historical Society, rehabilitation work at Jualpa Mine Camp
  • Alaska Association for Historic Preservation, Nike Site Point interpretive signs
  • Talkeetna Historical Society, community centennial planning
  • Kodiak Historical Society, Exxon Valdez oil spill remembered student film project
  • Sitka Historical Society & Sitka National Historical Park, Russian America conference proceedings publication
  • Alaska Historical Society, historic cannery preservation initiative planning

“Villages, cities and towns around Alaska have discovered the value our history has for tourism and education. These grants will jump start a number of cool projects as Alaska nears 150 years as part of the United States,” said Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, chair of the Alaska Historical Commission.

In other actions at the meeting, members elected Jonathon Ross of Chugiak to serve as vice-chair of the commission for 2014. The members reviewed and approved a proposal to name Globemaster Peak, an unnamed peak north of western Prince William Sound where a devastating plane crash occurred in 1952 and only recently has evidence of the accident been found. Lastly, Alaska Historical Commission members discussed the National Archives and Records Administration’s decision to close its facility in Anchorage and determined to express their objection to the decision, noting in particular that an open public process before announcing the decision did not occur.

Additional information about the Alaska Historical Commission and its activities is available at www.dnr.state.ak.us/parks/oha/index.htm, by calling 907-269-8721 or writing the Alaska Historical Commission, 550 West 7th Ave., Suite 1310, Anchorage, AK 99501-3565.

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