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Matanuska Valley Historical Photo Project

Matanuska Valley Historical Photo Project

The Matanuska Valley Historical Photo Project is an initiative to capture and share photographs of the greater Palmer area. Developed by the Palmer Museum in partnership with Last Frontier Media and funded by the Matanuska Telephone Association, this project has three objectives:

  • To collect images in an archive at the Palmer Museum so that they may be preserved.
  • To collect and record information about the scenes the images depict.
  • To make these images available to the public searchable website database.

As a town, Palmer’s history is still young. Many original colony kids and their children are still alive, along with families of miners, railroad workers, and pre-colony homesteaders. As a region, Chickaloon, Knik, and Eklutna tribal members have stories that can connect to pictures and places. We at the museum mean to take a proactive approach to linking these stories to images while there are still folks who lived those stories firsthand to tell of them.