Museum Memories

This photo is from the Cordova Historical Society collection held in the Museum.

Cordova’s neighboring community of Chitina was frozen in at some cold temperatures a few moons ago, but the bitter chill was influencing many portions of the territory prior to Christmas 1933.

Juneau’s schools were closed when temperatures dropped to 7 below zero accompanied by a 30-mile-an-hour wind and it was decided not to reopen schools until Jan. 1. Firemen in Juneau also battled a raging inferno in sub-zero temperatures to no avail using a man-to-man bucket brigade encrusting almost all the men in ice. By this time in Cordova, the cold snap had begun to ease, and temperatures hovered around 15 degrees.

Cordovans were lucky enough to have more than the weather on their minds when, on Dec. 23, 1933, there was to be a dance sponsored by the Girl Scouts at the Masonic Temple to raise money for the cabin fund. Also, on Dec. 30 would be the annual firemen’s masquerade ball. And as if those events weren’t enough to entertain, Cordovans could head to the Empress Theatre to see “King Kong” billed as a “picture you will talk about for days to come!”