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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 - 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.




Way Back in Kodiak - From Cronstad to Kodiak PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 October 2014

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The first round-the-world voyage of the Russians brought Captain Lisianskii and Count Rezanov to Kodiak in 1804 and 1805. On board one of the vessels was an iron bust of Tsar Alexander I, the only object that still remains in Kodiak from this historic journey. But was it the Neva or the Nadezhda that carried this object? This episode departs from Cronstad near Saint Petersburg and follows the explorers around the world, to Hawaii, Japan, and finally Kodiak, trying to track the bust along the way. It examines the circumnavigation through historic accounts and interviews with Russian and American scholars.  

Way Back in Kodiak - Community Archaeology PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 September 2014

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Staff and volunteers from the Alutiiq Museum excavated near Kashevaroff Mountain this summer. Learn about the community archaeology program and what they uncovered in this episode.

Way Back in Kodiak - Prospecting for Halibut PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2014

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In 1911 and 1912, W.J. Erskine set out to answer and important, and potentially lucrative, question: Did Kodiak have enough halibut to support a fishery? One volcanic eruption, one dead engineer, and over 100,000 lbs. of halibut later, Erskine had an answer. But how was the halibut to reach San Francisco consumers? And could they be enticed to eat frozen fish? This episode outlines the remarkable efforts of a local businessman to pioneer a new fishery.

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