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...

Museum Memories: March 24, 2018

By 1920, Cordova had constructed a wharf to support small boats associated with the canneries that now lined the railroad tracks along the busy...

Museum Memories: March 17, 2018

The steady work to keep the “clam capitol” title took its toll on the habitat and production rate for Cordova clam canneries. Quotas placed...

Museum Memories: March 10, 2018

The fishing boom in Cordova didn’t revolve just around salmon. Clamming began in the mid-teens with the opening of the Lighthouse Canning and Packing...

Museum Memories: March 3, 2018

Communication technology was advancing and critical to the development of Alaska, resulting in another huge influx of population. President Roosevelt decreed all governmental radio...

Museum Memories: Feb. 24, 2018

The rush to Alaska at the turn of the century for gold, copper, coal and salmon led to increased ship traffic and accidents at...

Museum Memories: February 17, 2018

Born in Philadelphia, PA in 1871, Dora Keen was the daughter of the surgeon William Williams Keen. Her father was the very first brain...

Museum Memories: Feb. 10, 2017

Born of high hopes upon the discovery of oil in 1902, Katalla was deemed a city of the future. Enthusiastic developers drilled oil wells...
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...
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...

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