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Thursday, July 19, 2018
A couple of the boys were warding off the cold one night in 1961, and over glasses of their favorite “anti-freeze” they discussed just what was missing in Cordova’s winter social scene. The “couple of boys” for the record were Omar Wehr and Merle (Mudhole) Smith and they got to wondering why all the other towns in Alaska had some kind of festival each year and Cordova had none. A unique event was needed, and Omar came up with the idea of the Iceworm Festival. For that first festival’s visitors, Cordova Airlines offered a one-day $15 roundtrip special ticket, leaving Anchorage at 7 a.m. and returning at midnight the same day. This included transportation to and from the airport as well as a ticket to the Crab Feed Dinner! The annual event has continued ever since with many of the same events still taking place. A variety show features local talent, the crowning of the Iceworm Queen, the survival suit race, a grand parade, pet show, arts and craft fair, cake bake, and lots of activities guarantee a fun-filled weekend!

Museum Memories: January 27, 2018

A couple of the boys were warding off the cold one night in 1961, and over glasses of their favorite “anti-freeze” they discussed just...

Museum Memories

Three Cordovan students were awarded Boy Scout Medals of Heroism on Jan. 16, 1930 at the Empress Theater. The boys were honored for saving...

Museum Memories

It took until 1951 for the first moose calves to be released on the Delta. The first successful calf born on the Copper River...
Cordova’s first city hall was an old wooden structure that dated back to 1935, but conveniently housed the administration, civil defense, fire and police departments as well as the local gymnasium. It was recognized in the late ’60s that improved facilities were needed to house the range of growing city functions in Cordova, along with the fact that basketballs bouncing steadily above office spaces left a little to be desired! And do you know what this building is now? Why, Bidarki Recreation Center.

Museum Memories: Dec. 9, 2017

Cordova’s first city hall was an old wooden structure that dated back to 1935, but conveniently housed the administration, civil defense, fire and police...
Katalla, southeast of Eyak was quick to take on the challenge of being the gateway to the region’s abundance of natural resources. In the late 1800s, Katalla was a trading post of sorts for the Eyak and Tlingit Natives with settlements in the area.

Museum Memories: Nov. 18, 2017

Katalla, southeast of Eyak was quick to take on the challenge of being the gateway to the region’s abundance of natural resources. In the...

Museum Memories

Of all the methods of catching fish, fish traps were the most efficient and cost-effective. More than 40 trap sites were established in Prince...
This photo came from the archives and collections of the Cordova Historical Society housed within the museum. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from Noon until 5 p.m.

Museum Memories: Oct. 14, 2017

This photo came from the archives and collections of the Cordova Historical Society housed within the museum. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday...

Museum Memories

The history of formal schooling in Alaska is really two stories. One covers the origins and development of schools for those – mostly Euro-Americans...

Museum Memories

While some things have changed in this picture, a lot has remained the same. The cannery in this photo, once St. Elias Ocean Products,...

Museum Memories

This photo, taken in the late 1930s, shows the work completed on the spit by the Civilian Conservation Corps. This revetment was created to...


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