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:

Summer 2014 - Exploring urban Anchorage!

Walking and biking tours were held in 4 Anchorage neighborhoods - Fairview, Mountain View, Spenard, and Government Hill - led by neighborhood residents to showcase and discover the great places that make our city!  The tours explored the history of these neighborhoods, their important issues, and will help to create the Anchorage Community Atlas!  


Continue to participate in the project:

1.  Show us your urban Anchorage by tagging photos with #MyAnchorageIs




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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