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KENAI: Refuge Celebrates History with Andrew Berg Cabin Open House

Region 7, August 3, 2009
Emily Sunblade in period clothing.  FWS photo by Robin West.
Emily Sunblade in period clothing. FWS photo by Robin West.
Park Ranger Gary Titus.  FWS by Robin West.
Park Ranger Gary Titus. FWS by Robin West.

Recently, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge celebrated days passed with a living history event, “Andrew Berg Cabin Open House”.  On July 18, 2009, 85 visitors toured the historic homestead, located near Refuge Headquarters.

 

Andrew Berg (1869-1939), who is deemed "Alaska’s No.1 Guide", settled on the Kenai Peninsula in 1888.  He became the Territory’s first licensed hunting guide, and held guide license No.1 for over twenty years.  Berg kept detailed journals of his life in the Last Frontier, and between his personal writings, correspondence, photos and newspaper articles, the essence of what life was like for him and his neighbors is chronicled in a moving biography entitled "The History and Journals of Andrew Berg" on sale at the Kenai Visitor Center.

 

During the open house event, Gary Titus, Kenai Refuge Park Ranger and Refuge Historian shared excerpts from Andrew Berg's life story, while Student Conservation Association Interns Mary Williams and Emily Sunblade gave insight into the lives of women and children of the era.  Emily gave a presentation in "period dress" of lifeways of Alaska Pioneer Women.  Mary lead fun, interactive activities for kids and everyone made yarn dolls and cabin replicas and solved associated word puzzles.  Park Ranger Leah Eskelin guided visitors to activities, served sourdough cinnamon treats and homemade lemonade, and helped folks sign up for theme-related door prizes. 

 

Contact Info: Kristen Gilbert, 907-786-3391, Kristen_Gilbert@fws.gov