Anchorage Centennial Projects 2014-2016

CCEL submitted two Centennial grant proposals to The Alaska Humanities Forum, the first of which has already been funded:

  • Oral and Written History: Past, Present & Future of Anchorage Neighborhoods
  • Anchorage Community Atlas: The Unexpected Encounter Then & Now

The Oral and Written History project combines two ideas and two trails of documenting lives in several neighborhoods of Anchorage.The oral histories are taken in the tradition of "Story Corps" utilizing conversations between two people with prompts and a snowball method of recruitment. The written history proposes neighborhood walks and bikes with writing prompts for neighborhood stories – past, present and future. Four walks (one is actually a bike tour!) are scheduled as detailed below. Interview transcripts will be archived and accessible to the public.

The Anchorage Community Atlas expands the initial project to include 6 more neighborhoods and another series of interviews. The six "neighborhood tours" will take place in the spring/summer of 2015 – watch for those dates to participate! The final product will be an Anchorage Community Atlas that is fun and attractive for locals and tourists alike . . . highlighting the unexpected encounters along the way! Hand-drawn maps, excerpts of the interviews in each neighborhood and snippets of stories will be a colorful introduction to or re-acquaintance with Anchorage as an urban community!


Anchorage Neighborhood Walks:

Come and explore urban Anchorage!

Walking and biking tours led by neighborhood residents to showcase and discover the great places that make our city!  Join us and explore the history of a neighborhood, its important issues, and help to create the Anchorage Community Atlas!  Tours are free and open to the public and require registration.  Please register below for one of only 20 spots for each tour!
Note: The 2 remaining tours have been filled.  If spots become available from cancellations, the registration will re-open. 

Tours take place from 10 am – Noon and may end at a neighborhood eatery where you can choose to buy lunch and share your urban discoveries!*  Then take our writing prompts if you'd like to submit a neighborhood writing excerpt for the Anchorage Community Atlas!


 Spenard (walking tour)



 Government Hill (walking tour)


Exact tour meeting locations will be emailed to registrants a few days before each walk.

Contact Bree Kessler with questions at

*Children are welcome to attend with parental discretion for walking/biking ability in a group.

Spread the word and share this event with others:
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Can't attend a tour?  Other ways to participate:

1.  Contribute to our project by using #MyAnchorageIs to show us your Anchorage!

2.  Suggest a stop for one of the neighborhood tours:

Share a location suggestion on this interactive Google map.  Sign in to your Google account to add map markers.

Fill out this quick tour suggestion form




This project is supported in part by a grant from the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Rasmuson Foundation, and the Anchorage Centennial Celebration. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the Forum.

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