Applications for Juneau History Grant due June 15

Posted: Sunday, June 07, 2009

JUNEAU - Juneau-Douglas City Museum's 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.

Applications for the the 2009/2010 Juneau History Grant are due by 4 p.m. June 15. 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 online at or at the city museum's front desk. All projects must be completed by May 31, 2010.

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. For Castle's project she interviewed the featured cooks as well as catalogued their recipes creating a unique biography of Juneau's cooks as well as their tasty recipes. 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. Other recipients have written and performed plays, created videos and published books - all looking at some unique slice of Juneau's history.

In 1980, Juneau Centennial Committee set up the Juneau Centennial Scholarship Fund with the intent of awarding scholarships to Juneau-Douglas High School students for the preparation and dissemination of historical papers on a variety of Juneau topics. In 1991, the school district turned over management of the fund to the city museum opening up the grant to the all members of the community. The museum established the Juneau History Grant committee and awarded its first applicants in 1992. Since then more than 20 projects have been awarded.

For more information, contact the Juneau-Douglas City Museum at 586-3572.

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