Photo Credit: Frank Kovalchek

Slices of Life: Growing Up on the Kenai

Growing Up on the Kenai

Hope Sunrise HS

Hope Sunrise Historical Society

Imagine being a kid growing up during various phases of the region’s history. What was done for school, for fun, for friends?  This slice of life takes a glimpse at living as a kid  in a region that rapidly changed from wilderness to what it is today.


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HOPE:  Growing Up in a Gold Rush Town

This is Now and That was Then:  Episode  10
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Through Bobby Mathison, a boy raised in Hope during the turn of the century, we get a sense of what it was like to grow up, and grow old, in a bustling gold rush camp.

PORTAGE: The Great Alaskan Earthquake

This is Now and That Was Then:  Episode 12
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Tom Gillespie remembers being 11 years old when the 1964 earthquake and tsunamis struck Seward.  Through Tom’s eyes we get a glimpse into a young boy’s perception of living through the 1964 Great Alaskan Earthquake.


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BY WAYS AND HIWAYS: THE LIVING SOURCE

Secondary Curriculum:  Chapter 9
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Students have the opportunity to become ‘historical detectives.’ They are presented with a scenario: They’re in an attic and have found an abandoned dusty trunk. Among the items inside are a envelope containing some seemingly unrelated photos, a telegram, and a 1949 airplane ticket for 11 year old Mona Funk. Students attempt to decipher the items to determine the story of a young girl coming to Alaska to begin a new life.


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MARY AND CHESTER

The Spaces Between:  Pgs 15-20
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This is a slice of the summer of 1902 when the future townsite of Seward was being surveyed. Mary, the granddaughter of Mary Lowell, met Chester, the son of a company surveyor. This story examines their friendship– a native Alaskan girl and a boy from the East Coast–  and the tragic short life of little Mary Lowell.

EPHEEM’S RACE

The Space Between:  Pgs 157 – 161
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Ephriam Kalmokoff was an Aleut Boy from Chignik living at Seward’s Jesse Lee Home.  At 14 years old, Epheem (as he was called)  became admired and renown for his values and for winning the 1916 Mt Marathon Race in record time.


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NPS: THE LOWELL FAMILY AND ALASKA’S FUR TRADE INDUSTRY

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Describes the lives of the children of Frank and Mary Lowell,  the homesteading family that settled in Resurrection Bay in 1884.

ALASKA DIGITAL ARCHIVES:  CHILDREN

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Photos:  Primary sourced photos of children at various times in Seward.

ALASKA DIGITAL ARCHIVES: JESSE LEE HOME

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Photos:  Primary sourced photos of children living at the Jesse Lee Home.