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  RBHS / F.G. Hale Collection A view of early day Seward, Alaska, at the head of Resurrection Bay shows the railroad dock along the southern waterfront.

RBHS / F.G. Hale Collection
A view of early day Seward, Alaska, at the head of Resurrection Bay shows the railroad dock along the southern waterfront.

Upcoming Activities

The “Thursdays: Our History” program for May will get underway at 7 pm Thursday, May 19 in the community room. Colleen Kelly will read from travel journal entries and share photos taken by school teacher L.I. Perkins who traveled by steamship to Seward in 1911 and spent six weeks exploring the area. Her traveling companion Alma Wagen was the first female ranger at Mt. Rainier. The event is free and open to the public.

The next Resurrection Bay Historical Society membership meeting will start at 7 pm Thursday, May 26 in the Community Room of the Seward Community Library & Museum.

Artifact of the Month

The April Artifact of the Month is an exhibit showcasing photos and information about the arrival of the Byam Caravan in Seward in July 1966. Just 2 years after tsunamis wiped the waterfront clean, 180 people set up their 70 Airstream campers along the graveled waterfront -- a precursor of the summer crowds that swarm the campgrounds every year.

Windows of History

The Seward Naval Radio Station is featured in the Windows of History display in the Library & Museum atrium. Learn about the radio station that was built near the head of Resurrection Bay in 1917, caught fire in 1935 and was subsequently abandoned. View pictures of the radio station from the late 1910s when it was at its best and pictures from 1935 when it burned down. Also on display are recent photographs depicting the last building succumbing to Mother Nature.

Temporary Exhibit

Seward: The All-America City. Learn details about the three separate times Seward won the All-America City award. Curator Elana Yanusz organized a temporary exhibit in the Seward Museum that explains how the town's residents pitched in to earn national recognition in 1963, 1965 and 2005.