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150 Years: Kenai Peninsula History Conference

Exhibits & Entertainment

DRAFT (as of March 14, 2017)




1860s Alaska Traveling Exhibit -- The state Office of History and Archaeology is loaning us 8 large banners with vivid and accurate images and text about Alaska during the decade of change 150 years ago.  You can preview these beautiful banners at

Memorabilia display -- maps, books, antiques, commemorative tokens, and items from the 1967 Alaska Centennial will be exhibited in the KPC Commons, thanks to volunteers sharing their collections.


Live music during the lunch -- A special appearance of the folk music trio Moscow Nights, all the way from Russia.  The musicians are performing full concerts in other parts of Alaska this spring, but will make a special appearance for us at no additional cost, courtesy of the Anchorage-based Russian American Colony Singers.


9 a.m. to 6 p.m. -- Book Fair in the Kenai Peninsula College Commons (McLane Building).  The fair is open to the public -- even those not attending the conference.  It is a fund-raising event for ROSSIA (Russian Orthodox Sacred Sites in Alaska), a registered nonprofit that preserves and restores Alaska's historic churches.  One of the main beneficiaries has been the landmark Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church in Kenai's Old Town.  Authors, publishers, nonprofits, and area historical societies will be on hand to offer books, autographs, and information.  If you want to rent a table or to assist, contact organizer Dorothy Gray at

Original poetry during the lunch -- Kenai poet Dave Thompson will read his poem "The Lure of Alaska.”

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