October 10, 2014, Seward—Marc Swanson of Summit Educational Services earned 2nd place in the 2014 National Interpretation Award competition for the video series This is Now, That Was Then. The videos were created as a 12-part series for KMTA’s elementary curriculum program. Judges found the series to be “engaging,” “entertaining,” and “educational.”
Seward residents had an opportunity to see the videos at a community premier in March of this year. Nearly every one attending asked for a copy of the program. This is Now, That Was Then features local high school students narrating facets of history for each of eight communities within the Kena Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area. Vintage film and historic photos were used to illustrate the stories, some of which belong to family collections and had never been publicly aired. Original music scores accentuate the old-time feel of the videos. Each segment is 3-11 minutes long.
The purpose of the videos is to engage students in learning more about their community’s heritage while educating viewers on the history of the KMTA. It meets standards for Alaska studies curriculum and has been adopted as a social studies resource by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.
This is Now, That Was Then is now available to the general public, teachers and students from the www.kmtacorridor.org website. For more information or to schedule an interview with Marc Swanson, please contact Kaylene Johnson-Sullivan, Program Manager, KMTA National Heritage Area, 907-360-0480.