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March 19, 2019

 On a Roll!

Bathhouse.  Museum!  We celebrate, with grattitude, our successes!  What next?  

THANK YOU one and all for the incredible support you have given both the 2012 Bathhouse Restoration Project and the Museum project.  Your support, in whatever form it came  – through labor, materials and/or monetary donations – has been essential to the success of these projects.  

The Tenakee Historical Collection continues to take tax deductible donations to support onging collections management work and future projects benefitting our now functioning museum. See the JOIN/DONATE tab for more information on how to help. 

Now that the Bathhouse renovation project is complete, the local Bathhouse Committee is happy to take donations for continuing Bathhouse expenses such as maintenance and cleaning.  Bathhouse donations can be left at Snyder Mercantile.  

 

March 18, 2019

Milestone Reached!

Our Museum Has Been Up and Running for Since 2017! 

The grand opening took place on July 2, 2017.  See the MUSEUM tab for further news of the big day. Again THANK YOU one and all for the incredible support you have given - this time to the Museum Project.  Your support, in whatever form it came – through labor, materials and/or monetary donations – was essential to the success of the project. 

 

September 2018

Elva R Scott Local Historical Society Award

 

At its' annual conference in September 2018, the Alaska Historical Society announced that the Tenakee Historical Society had been selected for the Elva R Scott Local Historical Society Award with special recognition of Vicki Wisenbaugh.  "In 2017 the dedicated residents of the small Southeast Alaska community opened a museum, started a newsletter, held programs, added to their collections, and completed a special project to organize Bob Pegues' papers and digitize his Superior Cannery photographs." (Alaska History News. Volume 46, No. 4 Winter 2019).

 

December 2, 2012 (updated March 18, 2019)

Congratulations Tenakee Springs!

We have reached our Fund Raising Goal for the 2012 Bathhouse Restoration Project

Success feels good.  THANK YOU one and all for the incredible support you have given to the 2012 Bathhouse Restoration Project.  Your support, in whatever form it came  – through labor, materials and/or monetary donations – has been essential to the success of the project.  Between your gifts and the nearly $16,000 Rasmuson Foundation Grant awarded in September, we have reached our Fund Raising goal.

The Tenakee Historical Collection will continue to take tax deductible donations earmarked for the project through December 31, 2012.  Beginning January 1, the Bathhouse Committee will once again become the primary fund manager and will be happy to take donations for continuing expenses such as maintenance and cleaning.[1]

Project Update

Phases 1 – 5 were finished in late 2012.  Phases 6 and 7 in 2013. The project is now complete and was a resounding success. See the BATHHOUSE tab for further news on the success of the project.

The Bottom Line

The 2012 Tenakee Bathhouse Restoration and Geothermal Heating Project fund raising effort netted a total of ~$47,000: 

  • ·      ~$22,000 in monetary donations,
  • ·      ~$9,000 in in-kind contributions and
  • ·      ~$16,000 in grant funds (Rasmuson Foundation).

We thank you, one an all – those who live here, those who vacation here, and those who simply love Tenakee’s Bath.  For more information on the Bathhouse and the Restoration Project see "Bathhouse".

Tenaakee Historical Collection Board of Directors

 


 

December 2012

 Good News!

In late September, THC learned the Alaska Rasmuson Foundation had approved our application for a Tier I Grant for work on the Bathhouse  The check arrived October 19th and work towards completion of the Tenakee Springs 2012 Bathhouse Restoration and Geothermal Heating Project is in full swing! For more information on the project visit  the "Bathhouse".

Board Meeting

The THC board will meet November 17 at the Community Center in Tenakee.  Board members and officers are asked to attend and all are welcome.  Details will be posted on community bulletin boards and on eBB TIDES (e-Bulletin Board for Tenakee Information, Dates, Events, Schedules) which is sent out weekly on late Sunday for early Monday morning receipt. (If you do not receive eBBTIDES and would like to do so, send your request and email address to davirichards@hotmail.com.)

Summer Intern

The "Tiltin' Hilton," a Tenakee landmark. Pen and ink drawing by Nancy Collinsworth, reproduced with permission.Our 2012 intern, Kate Duffy, arrived June 24 for an eight-week stay.  The artifacts and archives on which she worked were transported to her makeshift office in the community center by hand.  Kate is a graduate student in history at the University of Delaware. She’s an honors graduate of Swarthmore College with a degree in English. Along with her MA, Kate is working for a Certificate in Museum Studies.

During her stay she worked on all aspects of the Tenakee Historical Collection, including prioritizing and cataloging our items, planning the displays in our new museum, and helping us plan educational and docents programs. In order to facilitate cooperation, most museums in Alaska use the same standard software for cataloguing their collections. THC has purchased this program, called PastPerfect, and Kate trained THC members in its use.

Kate’s expenses were paid by a grant from the Alaska State Museum. Len and Patricia Ceder donated the use of their cabin for her stay.

To read about Kate's work and her reflections regarding Tenakee, she invites you to visit her blog (Kate's blog). 

Tenakee Museum Plans

Serious work is underway for a Museum to be housed in a Snyder Mercantile annex, a small building that has served as a liquor store for about a hundred years.  It was originally a cabin located uphill from the store. Many years ago it was slid down the hill and positioned on pilings at its present location. Snyder Mercantile has leased the building to the THC for $1 a month. 

 


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