Photo Credit: Frank Kovalchek

Resources

Explore KMTA History with These Resources

Listed below are resources that have been developed by the Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area to highlight the unique history of the area.  These resources, along with this site, will assist educators when developing units of study.

Some of these resources are online (clicking these will take you to the site). Others are books that can be obtained from your local bookstore.


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TRAILS ACROSS TIME

By Kaylene Johnson

This book covers the geologic, cultural, and historical fibers that make up this region. Appropriate as text for middle to high school, Trails Across Time discusses the indigenous people, the Russian Alaska, gold, and a wealth of topics.

Imbedded within the pages are sidebars highlighting interesting characters, little known events, and locations of interest.

Trails Across Time is the ‘go to’ resource for learning about the Kenai Corridor region.


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SECONDARY INQUIRY-BASED CURRICULUM

ON-LINE

These inquiry-based lessons can be used as extensions from Trails Across Time or as stand-alone units of study. Each segment provides the methodology and opportunity to analyze primary-sourced materials. Among these are translated correspondence between Shelikhov and Baranov, demographic/census data of gold rush towns Hope and Sunrise, and photos from the past.

Although built toward upper grades, lessons can be modified for elementary students as well.

 


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THIS IS NOW THAT WAS THEN (Video Production)

On-Line

“Every place has a name…and every name has a story.” This is the theme of 12 episodes featuring vintage photos and 8mm films from the region. Explore the stories hidden within road side landmarks. Come along with Rachel, Matt, and Brooke as they guide you on an award winning journey through the Eastern Kenai.

 


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EXPLORING THE CORRIDOR FIELD TRIP GUIDE

On-Line

Ready to explore on your own? Why not visit the actual sites to learn about history? This field trip guide details 23 stops along the road system to learn about the geology, people, and events of the Eastern Kenai.


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THE SPACES BETWEEN

Doug Capra

Historian and storyteller, Doug Capra has pulled together 23 stories of people, events, and slices of life of the region. Academic in nature, this book would be useful as a text for upper grades or as a resource for any educator of any grades.


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MEMORIES OF OLD SUNRISE Gold Mining on Alaska’s Turnagain Arm

Edited by Rolfe Buzzell

These are the colorful recollections of Albert Weldon Morgan who came to the Kenai looking for gold between 1897 – 1901. His memoirs transport the reader to the hay-day of the gold mining era of the Hope / Sunrise District.


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OTHER ON-LINE RESOURCES

These selected sites will provide further valuable information and images.