Cathy Sherman

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Cathy Sherman is a volunteer historian and recently-retired director of the Cordova library and Historical Museum. Sherman has been contributing to The Cordova Times for over a decade.

Museum Memories: Cordova’s WWII airfield

By the end of the 1930s, there were over 100 airfields in Alaska but only four adequate for modern aircraft. The Civil Aeronautics Act created an authority to regulate air traffic and in 1940 as World War II raged in Europe, Congress seriously considered its Alaskan defenses.

Museum Memories: Grit and determination

In the early 1940s, Cordova was experiencing growing pains. 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.

Museum Memories: An act of civil disobedience

In 1993, fishermen blockaded Valdez Narrows, holding up 25 percent of the nation's domestic oil supply for three days.

Museum Memories: Memories of Copper Days gone by

A photo from the Cordova Historical Society archives gives us a glimpse of a Copper Day celebrated many decades ago.
Participants in the 2019 Summer Reading Program have the chance to purchase livestock for families in countries such as the Philippines. Reading groups meet at the Cordova Public Library, seen here on Sunday, July 14, 2019. Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

At Your Library: Become a friend of the library

If you're looking for a new year's resolution, joining the Cordova Public Library Friends group would be a good place to start, writes Cathy Sherman.
Construction workers who helped build the Copper River and Northwestern Railway. Photo courtesy of the Cordova Historical Society

Museum Memories: Building the Million Dollar Bridge

Construction and operation of the Copper River and Northwestern Railway meant good work for many men, writes Cathy Sherman.
A variety of new books have arrived at Cordova Public Library. (Dec. 17, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times.

At Your Library: Books for all ages — hot off the press

A variety of new books have arrived at Cordova Public Library.
Photo courtesy of the Cordova Historical Society

Museum Memories: The younger years of the CoHo

The demolition of the Cordova Hotel and Bar got Cathy Sherman looking through the archives for photos of the building.
“Queen of the Sea” by Dylan Meconis is available at Cordova Public Library. (Dec. 11, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

At Your Library: December Junior Library Guild arrivals

Cordova Public Library is stocking its shelves with new young adult bestsellers, writes Cathy Sherman.

Museum Memories: Building the Kuskulana Bridge

The crossing of the Kuskulana River was a major challenge to the engineers of the Copper River and Northwestern Railway, writes Cathy Sherman.

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