Alaska Historic Canneries Initiative Grant Program announced

The Alaska Historical Society has announced the Alaska Historic Canneries Initiative Grant Program to fund projects that document, preserve, and educate about the history of the Alaska seafood industry. Grants of up to $1,000 are available to individuals and organizations, and are meant to jumpstart cannery history projects in Alaska.

The vision of the Alaska Historic Canneries Initiative is to inspire communities, businesses and individuals to raise the profile and enhance the preservation of seafood industry history in Alaska.

Possible projects may include, but are not limited to, conducting historical research, collecting archival materials, taking photographs and videos, preserving historic structures, or preparing interpretive and educational materials. Anyone interested in the history of Alaska’s fishing industry is eligible to apply, with the exception of federal and state agencies. Applications will be accepted from students, professional historians, and others with a passion for history, as well as from organizations and businesses.

Applications are due Jan. 1, and will be awarded by Jan. 31. Projects are to be completed by the end of December 2016. Each grantee must submit a final report to the Alaska Historical Society summarizing the results of the project, providing documentation of project activities, and how the money was spent. Recipients must also submit an entry to the Alaska Historic Cannery blog and are encouraged to present papers at the 2016 AHS Annual Conference.

Initiative sponsors include the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and Alaska Sea Grant and additional sponsors are welcome. For more information about the grant program and the Alaska Historic Canneries Initiative, see the Society’s website:

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