Story last updated at 5/27/2009 - 11:02 am
Juneau history encompasses everything from mining history, diverse cultural backgrounds, and our unique environment to historical events and prominent personalities to more specific questions like who actually played on the first basketball team in Juneau or who were the people featured in the best cook of the week column?
Some of these smaller, seemingly less significant bits of history are actually the basis of research projects funded by the Juneau-Douglas City Museum's Juneau History Grant. The Juneau History Grant encourages historical researchers and enthusiasts to dig a little deeper into Juneau's dynamic history to make it even richer, more personal and ultimately more meaningful to our community at large.
When the History of Basketball Committee submitted their proposal to do an archival compilation of the 50 year rivalry between Juneau and Douglas basketball teams, they never imagined the wealth of knowledge they would uncover with their curiosity. Similarly, Anne Castle, who has received several Juneau History Grants over the past few years, created a cookbook based on the Best Cook of the Week column which ran in The Juneau Independent from September 1952 to April 1959. Mary Lou King updated the Treadwell Trail guide with the help of a Juneau History grant and is currently working with the Last Chance Mining Museum to create a guide to their Museum.
Applications for the the 2009/2010 Juneau History Grant are due Monday, June 15 by 4 p.m. The Juneau History Grant Committee is looking for proposals that aim to document, preserve or improve access to the history of the greater Juneau-Douglas area. Applications are available at the City Museum or at www.juneau.org/parkrec/museum. All projects must be completed by May 31, 2010. For more information, call 586-3572.