Thursday, July 18, 2024

Cathy Sherman

Cathy Sherman
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Cathy Sherman is a volunteer historian and recently-retired director of the Cordova library and Historical Museum. Sherman has been contributing to The Cordova Times for over a decade.
Photo courtesy of the Cordova Historical Society collection

Iceworm history 

An annual mid-winter tradition since 1961, the Iceworm Festival is a one-of-a-kind celebration for a unique Alaskan town. Here’s how it all started:  A couple...
Photo courtesy of the Cordova Historical Society collection

Rainy Iceworm 

Not all Iceworm Festivals are snowy with clear blue skies! This Iceworm parade took place on a rainy year, but it didn’t deter the...

Egg Hatch 

The egg hatch was a fun feature of the Iceworm Festival beginning in 1966, when the first “egg” was frozen and displayed in a...

The history of the Bidarki Rec Center

After a recent City Council budget work session, I started thinking about the long history of the  building we now call the Bidarki Recreation Center....

Eustace Paul Ziegler & Cordova, part III

Eustace Paul Ziegler boarded the S.S. Yucatan for Cordova and after a week’s voyage in January storms and snow across the Gulf of Alaska,...

Eustace Paul Ziegler and Cordova, part II

How did Eustace Ziegler make his way to Alaska? His father’s well-schooled work ethic evidently set in early for this young man. He is...

Eustace Paul Ziegler & Cordova Part I

Recently the Cordova Times editor, Elin Johnson, had an opportunity to visit the Frye Art Museum in Seattle and shared this Eustace Ziegler art...

Mile 7 Memories

At the Mile 7 Naval Radio Station throughout the 1920s improvements were made to the infrastructure support systems established in 1917. This included the...

Naval radio history, part IV

Let’s finish up our Naval Radio Station history this month by focusing on Eyak Station, which became important to the Navy as a distant...

Naval radio history, part III

In 1917, another naval radio site was selected at Mile 14 on the Copper River and Northwestern Railway. A little over 9,000 acres was...