Museum Memories

Things began looking up for Cordova by the spring of 1963. The Copper River Highway was on the horizon, fishing was about to start...

Museum Memories

We’ve been going through some cannery and fishery related photos of late and this one especially stuck with us. This photo taken in 1931...

Museum Memories

The Alaskan Syndicate completed the Copper River and Northwest Railway in 1911 and in order to transport the copper ore to the smelters, the...
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

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

Talk about a rainy season. In October of 1925, precipitation records came tumbling down and so did houses. On the October 12, 2925, the...
Carrying on traditions is a way of life for Cordovans, whether it’s celebrating the annual Iceworm Festival drummed up many years ago over a hot toddy or the return of the fish in the summer. The Copper River Queens made an elegant debut in the Iceworm Parade shortly after the ’89 oil spill, gleefully waving their tails and depositing roe-colored ping pong balls for the egg takers from the Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation. New banners mark the Iceworm Festival, but the Queens and the ever-loyal Iceworm help Cordovans keep mindful of the fact that while things may change around them … a lot of things stay the same.

Museum Memories: February 3, 2018

Carrying on traditions is a way of life for Cordovans, whether it’s celebrating the annual Iceworm Festival drummed up many years ago over a...

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