StoryCorps Alaska was a six-month initiative to collect and record the diverse voices and life experiences of Alaskans.

Stories from the Alaska Initiative

George Edwardson tells his cousin, Doreen Simmonds, about watching his grandfather translate the New Testament into Inupiaq, their native language.
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About the Alaska Initiative

StoryCorps Alaska was a six-month initiative to collect and record the diverse voices and life experiences of Alaskans. Sharing these stories honors our history, encourages appreciation of our traditions and our Elders, and captures the true spirit of our community. By celebrating our shared humanity and collective identity, StoryCorps Alaska will help ensure the rich heritage of Alaskans will be preserved and presented with dignity.

From October 15, 2008, through April 30, 2009, StoryCorps staff facilitated interviews, hosted by local community-based organizations, in Fairbanks, Nome, Barrow, Dillingham, Unalaska and Juneau.

All interviews collected as part of StoryCorps Alaska are archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. We also partnered with the Alaska Public Radio Network, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and other community organizations and groups to share and distribute our collected stories.


Advisory Group

Dr. William Schneider
Oral History Curator, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library University of Alaska/Fairbanks

Melvin Reeves
Associate Director, Education and Special Projects, StoryCorps

Diane Kaplan
Rasmuson Foundation

Karen Brewster
Research Assistant, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library University of Alaska/Fairbanks

Duncan Moon
Managing Editor, Alaska Public Radio

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Funding for the Alaska Initiative Provided by
An anonymous source.

  • Major Funding Provided By

  • National Broadcast Sponsors

  • National Partners

    NPR American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress