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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Museum Memories

A crab fishery developed during the late 1920s and in 1929 a record shipment of crab left on the S.S. Alaska from Cordova’s port. ...

Museum Memories

Natives at the nearby traditional village of Eyak began relocating to the new town to be near the canneries and by 1890. Odiak was...

Museum Memories

A second cannery was built at Odiak in 1888 by the Pacific Steam Whaling Company, but after a fire, it was rebuilt at nearby...

Museum Memories

This month marks the 51st anniversary of the founding of the Cordova Historical Society and the 50th anniversary of the first community museum in...

Museum Memories

Things began looking up for Cordova by the spring of 1963. The Copper River Highway was on the horizon, fishing was about to start...

Museum Memories

The first trainload of ore from the Kennecott Mines reached Cordova on April 8, 1911, carrying 1,200 tons of high-grade copper ore with an...

Museum Memories

Asian market and herring roe on kelp, long a Native delicacy, became very lucrative as a commercial harvest. Herring kelp pounding became a unique...

Museum Memories

By the mid 1980s, the economy of Cordova was booming again as many of the fisheries took on a new life with improved methods...

Good Friday earthquake devastated Copper River Highway

The 1964 Good Friday earthquake struck the Prince William Sound Region on March 27th.  This magnitude 9.2 earthquake wrought major changes in the physical...

A look back at Exxon Valdez, 28 years later

Twenty-eight years ago, the spring dawned bright for Cordova but once again, tragedy was about to strike our working fishing community. Focused marketing had...

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