The Oral History Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is proud to announce the completion of the Homer Communities of Memory Jukebox Project, available online at http://jukebox.uaf.edu/comhomer. This project celebrates the community and the history of Homer as seen through the eyes of those present during a series of storytelling sessions held at Land’s End Resort in April 1996. They include stories from Ralph Broshes, Marcee Gray, Mark Marette, Sandy Miller, Bob Moore, Don Ronda, Dave Seaman, Gert Seekins, Diana Tillion, Carolyn Turkington, and Wilma Williams. Themes include: coming to Homer, making a living, homesteading, commercial fishing, dealing with the natural environment, tourism, the meeting of cultures, changes in Homer, and appreciation of what makes Homer special.
This Project Jukebox preserves and makes accessible to the public a valuable record of Alaskan history and the experiences of people whose stories often are not heard outside of their own community. The testimonies in this project highlight a love for Homer, and provide a living link to the nature of life in the lower Kenai Peninsula sixteen years ago.
The original “Communities of Memory” project in the mid-1990s was a project funded by the Alaska Humanities Forum designed to collect stories from Alaskans that represent the meaning of community. It provided an opportunity for people in communities around Alaska to share their memories and to reflect on what made their community special. Storytelling sessions were held in Juneau, Fairbanks, Nome, Unalaska, Wasilla, Homer, Kotzebue, Wasilla, Bethel, and Kenai/Soldotna. All the sessions were videotaped and many of these recordings are stored at the Oral History Office in the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections at Elmer E. Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Jukebox projects have also been created from the Fairbanks, Nome, Unalaska, Bethel, and Juneau story-telling sessions, available at http://jukebox.uaf.edu/comhome.
This project is supported in part by a grant from the Alaska Humanities Forum and the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.