During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum staff have been reflecting back on the history of Cordova. The town raised on fish and copper has always weathered hard times. In the early 1940s, Cordova was experiencing growing pains. Fishing harvests were declining, the copper mine had closed and the railroad stopped running. Luckily, Cordova built a strong foundation on the backs of gritty individuals with convictions determined to maintain a vibrant place in the history of Alaska. The biggest struggles were yet to come with statehood, devastating fires and new regulations.