Gastineau Channel Historical Society presents oral history program Saturday

Program looks at the changing face and fortunes of supplying the tourist trade

Posted: Wednesday, March 09, 2005

On March 12, an oral history program, "Arts, Crafts, and Curios: A Visit to the the early Souvenir Stores of Juneau," will be sponsored by the Gastineau Channel Historical Society. From 2 to 4 p.m. in the Fireweed Place dining hall, the owners, employees or family members from Pioneer Jewelry Store (Tom Osborne); George Brothers Gift Shop (Graham Rountree); Baranof Gift Shop (Tom Satre); Totem Twins (Cliff Cole); and Jean Kline of ANAC Cache will relate stories and history of these stores.

The traveling public's desire for collecting souvenirs was first supplied in Juneau by a hybrid type of store that carried general merchandise and trade goods of all types, where curios took up a corner or a single case among the furs, jewelry and hardware. As tourism grew, more space was dedicated to selling curios.

Many examples of the early tourist items sold will be on hand for viewing, including gold nugget jewelry by Ludwig Nelson, miniature totem poles and Native-made silver bracelets. The changing face and fortunes of supplying the tourist trade will be explored.

All are welcome to attend. Fireweed is downtown at 415 Willoughby. Please call 586-6790 or 586-3637 with questions.

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