December 21, 2015
This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini.  Preserving the history of Alaskan Canneries. Your photos and stories could help. Learn more after this…
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 The Alaska Historical Society is seeking project sponsors and donors for their Alaska Historic CanneriesAHS Initiative. After being launched this fall, the grassroots project has put out a call for help.   They are asking any individuals, businesses, and communities to share photos, memories, and stories from the many canneries, salteries, processors, and herring plants that once fueled Alaska’s seafood industry.  
“The purpose of the initiative is to do more to document, preserve, and educate about the history of seafood processing in Alaska.”
Anjuli Grantham is a public historian, curator and the director for the Alaska Historic Canneries Initiative.
“This really all started because people are worried about the state of the old canneries around Alaska, and they are scared at the fact that so many are disappearing from the landscape.  So we really want to do more to document these places and their stories.” 
The Alaska Historical Society is offering grant money to anyone interested in helping with the Initiative. 
“It’s a really broad program.  It could be an oral history project; it could be money to buy lumber if you wanted to restore a portion of an old cannery building. I could be money that can go toward a film, even money toward gathering photographs for an archive; the list goes on and on. If the project has anything to do with the history of the fishing industry in Alaska, you are eligible to apply for funding.”
Grant application is due January 1st.  As of now Grantham says that there are only two canneries listed on the national register of historic places in Alaska.
“Considering how important the fishing industry is to the identity and the history of Alaska, we have a long way to go to document that impact and to preserve it to.”
Get involved in the Canneries Initiative at Find links at our website