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Alaska Association for Historic Preservation (Anchorage, AK 99510-2205)
Katherine Jean Ringsmuth (Project Director: February 2017 to present)
Cannery History Project

Development of a traveling exhibition and companion book on the lifeways and history of the people associated with the Bristol Bay salmon fishery.

Tundra Vision, a public history consulting business representing Alaska historians, curators and filmmakers, will work in collaboration with the Alaska State Museum, Trident Seafoods, and the local communities of Bristol Bay to collect, preserve and share the stories of the interconnected web of "cannery people"—the company personnel, local residents, Native groups, sailboat fishermen, and chiefly, the cannery workers whose activities are reflected by and embedded in the industrial landscape contained within the historic NN Cannery property at South Naknek, Alaska. The NEH grant will help the collaborators produce a traveling exhibition and companion book that will present to the public an introspective, unique, and colorful depiction of cannery peoples’ lifeways and history.

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Project fields:
Cultural History; Immigration History; Labor History

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Totals (matching):
$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (offered)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2017 – 1/31/2021