Cordova Historical Society awarded museum grant

A kayak and related artifacts on display at Cordova Historical Museum. (Oct. 1, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times.
A kayak and related artifacts on display at Cordova Historical Museum. (Oct. 1, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times.

Cordova Historical Society President Barclay Kopchak announced that the society had received one of 13 grants issued by the Alaska State Museum through its grant-in-aid program.

Since the move into the new spaces of the Cordova Center, the three staff members have been working to build and populate exhibits as well as provide gallery exhibits and maintain operations in the museum store.

As a goal within the strategic plan, the society wants to complete the move into the new spaces and organize collections management in the “behind-the-scenes” spaces in the museum. This includes the archives and research area, as well as collections storage. This work will take place over the winter season.

Monthly programs and school class visits are set to begin in 2020 according to Kopchak.

The Alaska State Museum issued grants to the following organizations:

  • Alaska Aviation Museum, Anchorage, for an archives technician
  • Alutiiq Museum, Kodiak, for collections management
  • Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, for a summer intern
  • Cordova Historical Society and Museum, Cordova, for collections organization
  • Fairbanks Children’s Museum, Fairbanks, for the creation of an infant play space
  • Haines Sheldon Museum, Haines, for an intern
  • Juneau-Douglas City Museum, Juneau, for the exhibit “An Untold Story: The Forced Removal and Relocation of Unangan People during World War II”
  • Kodiak History Museum, Kodiak, for a summer intern
  • Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry, Wasilla, for a summer intern
  • Museums Alaska, statewide, for professional development training for museum staff
  • Oscar Anderson House, Anchorage, for a conservation assessment
  • Pioneer Air Museum, Fairbanks, for a summer intern
  • Talkeetna Historical Society, Talkeetna, for the design and fabrication of outdoor interpretive panels

The Cordova Historical Society is extremely grateful for this financial assistance from the Alaska State Museum Grant-In-Aid program.


Cathy Sherman is a retired librarian and museum director for City of Cordova.