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Way Back in Kodiak

Saints, sinners, fishermen, fox farmers, bars, banyas, eruptions and earthquakes- Kodiak’s history is full of eccentric characters and fascinating events. Way Back in Kodiak brings Kodiak’s history to the air. First-hand accounts, interviews with scholars and elders, and intriguing analysis illuminate unexplored aspects of Kodiak’s history. Way Back in Kodiak is a monthly radio show, written and produced by historian Anjuli Grantham, Curator of Collections and Exhibits at the Baranov Museum.

Way Back In Kodiak - The Persistent Mystery of Kodiak's Russian Bells PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 May 2015

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 A bell was cast for the Russian Orthodox Church in Kodiak in 1796 and discovered in an orange grove in California over 130 years later. In 2013, a Russian bell was brought to Kodiak from California, but it wasn’t the same bell. In this episode, a Russian bell expert, Father Innocent Dresdow, and others discuss the history of Russian bells, the experience of early Russian Orthodox missionaries in Kodiak, and speculate on how and why a bell cast in Kodiak might end up at a Catholic mission in California.

Way Back in Kodiak - Museums Alaska PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 February 2015

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Many museums across the state are planning for major projects over the coming years. Learn about a few of these projects and the effort of Museums Alaska to advocate for the passage of HB 52 and SB 61, which would provide matching funding for museum capital projects.

Way Back in Kodiak - New Sewers and Ancient Craft PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 February 2015

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A group of Kodiak women traveled to a museum in Finland to study Alutiiq garments in the collection there. Back in town, they spent months creating a caribou parka, recreating the techniques they learned from the historic garment. In this interview, learn about the skills, materials, and camaraderie that developed as new skin sewers resurrected ancient Alutiiq skills. 

Way Back in Kodiak - Thelma C PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 December 2014

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The Thelma C is one of the last remaining earthquake boats, built following the destruction of the Kodiak fishing fleet due to the 1964 earthquake and tsunami. Listen to learn about the history of the vessel and the Kodiak Maritime Museum's work to restore and turn the boat into an exhibit on Kodiak's waterfront. 

Way Back in Kodiak - Filipinos in Larsen Bay 1915 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 October 2014

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On the Fourth of July 1915, Filipino cannery workers staged a parade and pageant at the Larsen Bay cannery. In this episode, learn about the journey of these men, about early Filipino migration to Alaska, and how American capitalism and Asian labor came together at Alaska salmon canneries.




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