PUBLISHED: 7:05 PM on Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Gustavus drama honors pioneers
GUSTAVUS - Coming to Gustavus Labor Day weekend is a drama production titled "The Chronicles of Strawberry Point." Strawberry Point was the original name of the flatlands covered in wild strawberries located 50 miles west of Juneau and first homesteaded by pioneering settlers in 1914. The name was officially changed to Gustavus in 1925, but continued to be called Strawberry Point by the homesteaders and newcomers for decades to come.

The idea for this community play was conceived and developed by long time resident and locally celebrated author Sally Lesh. In collaboration with Gustavus Historical Archives and Antiquities (, and with the support of local and outside talent, the play will be performed Saturday night, Aug. 30, 6:30-9pm at the Gustavus gymnasium. Admission is free.

Gustavus wishes to extend a special invitation to Juneau and surrounding communities, many of which had an important role to play in the lives of the early pioneers.

Come get acquainted with our colorful homesteaders-alive in spirit and with plenty to say about life in early Alaska. Get up close and personal with crusty old prospectors, brave lonely wives, grudge holding neighbors, and proud determined farmers breaking new ground. Join the community of Gustavus in a rollicking good time of old fashioned fun, music, and wild stories you won't believe-and won't soon forget!

For more information, contact Linda Parker, Gustavus Historical Archives & Antiquities, at or (907) 697-2242.