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Saturday's Coffee & Collections presentation to focus on neighborhood history

Posted: January 10, 2014 - 12:04am

Claire Richardson will be the featured speaker and workshop leader at the Juneau Douglas City Museum’s Coffee & Collections presentation this Saturday, Jan. 11, at the museum. Richardson, the recipient of a 2013 Juneau History Grant, will share some simple steps she and others have taken to document the ongoing “living history” of their neighborhoods.

Richardson’s presentation, “Starr Hill Centennial Neighborhood Portrait,” will be structured like a workshop, with suggestions for how community members can find out more about the history of their neighborhoods, and how they might go about organizing a neighborhood-wide event. This past summer, Richardson and others organized a block party in her neighborhood, Starr Hill, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of a row of houses on Kennedy Street, sometimes referred to as the Starr Hill Mineworkers’ Houses, visible in historic photos since 1913. At the gathering, past and present residents of the neighborhood came together to share stories and remember community history. The gathering was documented in a group photo taken by Ron Klein.

The Juneau History Grant is a program made possible through an endowment created by the Juneau Centennial Committee. Each year, successful applicants are awarded funds to help with projects that document, preserve or improve access to the history of the Juneau-Douglas area.

Saturday’s Coffee & Collections presentation runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the museum and is free and open to the public. Coffee will be provided by Heritage Coffee Company.

For more information regarding this event or other upcoming programs, visit: www.juneau.org/parkrec/museum or call 586-3572.

The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is located at Fourth and Main Streets and winter hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free during the month of January in memory of Harold O. Fossum.

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