NN Cannery History Project
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NN Cannery History Project

Documenting Cannery Work, People & Place

 
 
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The NN Cannery History Project is a grassroots public history endeavor that, through the historical lens of work, aims to share the oft-forgotten stories of the multitudes of people who canned salmon in Alaska and created an ethnically diverse, economically vital, cannery culture.

The Project is a collaboration between multiple groups to preserve, collect and share the stories of the diverse, and often invisible, cannery workers whose activities are reflected by and embedded in the industrial landscape contained within the 128-year-old <NN> Cannery at South Naknek, Alaska.

 

We Can Do it together

 

Trident Seafoods

National Park Service

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Bristol Bay Borough School District

Alaska State Museum

Alaska Association for Historic Preservation

Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust

State Historic Preservation Office

Tundra Vision

See Stories

Sea Level Consulting

Steelbird Productions

LaRece Construction

Bristol Bay Borough

Martin Monsen Library

South Naknek Library

Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation

Naknek Native Village Council

King Air

Alaska Eagle Eye

Bristol Bay Historical Society Museum

University of Alaska Anchorage Engineering Department

UAF Bristol Bay Campus

Andrew Abyo

Denise Statz

Katmai Conservancy

KDLG

Burt Smith

The Pit

Carvel Zimin

Shirley Zimin

Egli Air Haul

Roxanne Shade

Alaska Native Heritage Center

Alaska Packers Association Museum

Keira’s Bed & Breakfast

Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation


 
 
 St. Louis World Fair Exhibit.

St. Louis World Fair Exhibit.

 1968 Plat of Alaska Packers Association NN Cannery Campus.

1968 Plat of Alaska Packers Association NN Cannery Campus.

 Bob King interviewing Gary Johnson

Bob King interviewing Gary Johnson

 Student Senen Torino interview with Natty Boskovsy.

Student Senen Torino interview with Natty Boskovsy.

 

"It is important work to preserve Alaska’s heritage, and the [NN Cannery History Project] recognizes your commitment to documenting our great state’s history of cultural diversity and development.  By bringing light to the historical significance of Alaska’s canneries, your project will have lasting impact for the community and for the country."

Dan Sullivan | United States Senator

 
 A view of the hallway in the NN Cannery Hospital that was most recently utilized as a women's bunkhouse.

A view of the hallway in the NN Cannery Hospital that was most recently utilized as a women's bunkhouse.

 A view looking northeast at the Diamond NN cannery at South Naknek in the late 1930s or 1940s.

A view looking northeast at the Diamond NN cannery at South Naknek in the late 1930s or 1940s.

 Sharon Thompson documenting a conversation between Bob King, John Wachtel and Katie Ringsmuth.

Sharon Thompson documenting a conversation between Bob King, John Wachtel and Katie Ringsmuth.