Poster contest celebrates anniversary of Katmai eruption

The Alaska Historical Society, the Alaska Volcano Observatory, and Katmai National Park and Preserve are sponsoring a summer-long celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the Novarupta-Katmai eruption that created the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes in Katmai National Park. 


The organizations are sponsoring a poster contest for Alaska third graders. Winning posters will be displayed at the Alaska Public Lands Information Center in Anchorage throughout the summer, and will travel as an exhibit to other cultural and scientific institutions across the state. The deadline to submit posters is April 30.

All third-grade students studying Alaska history are encouraged to submit an original painting, drawing, or paper collage reflecting the history of the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes and/or the stories found within. Participants should include a brief explanation of their design citing inspiration and how it relates to the theme: Novarupta: A Volcano that Made History. Designs do not have to include the Valley itself, but should relate in some way to the eruption. Among the many ideas, you may choose to depict Katmai and Savanoski villagers escaping the eruption, the variety of colors expressed in the ash, one of the many explorers who visited the Valley, or perhaps bear prints wandering across an ashflow, abounding with returning life.

Posters must be submitted on 11-inch by 17-inch paper with an accompanying entry form. Complete entry forms should also include a short statement or essay describing the inspiration for your design, and/or its significance and how it connects to the contest theme. If needed, the Historical Society can assist with paper and other art supplies.

Posters and statements should be submitted to: Katherine Ringsmuth, Alaska Historical Society, P.O. Box 100299, Anchorage, AK 99510-0299. Judging will take place on May 5. Winners will be contacted on May 14. First prize will win $100, honorable mentions (up to four) will win $50 each.

For more information contact Ringsmuth at or 907-644-3467.


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