ANCHOR (KTUU) – Back to a forgotten part of Alaska's history in Bristol Bay.
Tuesday's historians gathered to inform the public about the cannery in the area and how the Spanish flu epidemic has changed their way of life.
The year 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak that is hitting canning workers and their children, and the Alaska Humanities Forum hosted an exhibition on Tuesday highlighting this part of the world. 39; history.
Historians say the cannery and its workers may not be in the history books, but the impact of canned fish sold in the region at the time was felt overall.
"When people think of Bristol Bay, they think it's so far away that it's at the end of the world. In fact, when Americans think of Alaska, they see it as a distant frontier, "said Katherine Ringsmuth, director of the NN Cannery History Project." But what this story tells us is that Alaska is very sustainable and that we at the front rather than the border. "
The cannery project is working on an exhibition called "mug up" which will be exhibited at the Alaska State Museum.
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