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Forum@360: Alaska’s Historic Canneries and the People Who Worked There #403

There are over 150 canneries and fish processors that have operated in Alaska, but only two canneries are currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Very little is known about most of the other facilities that were the principle economic drivers for the pre-oil, pre-statehood Alaska. Historians Anjuli Grantham, Bob King, and Katie Ringsmuth talk about the Alaska Historic Canneries Initiative and their efforts to document Alaska’s early fish processing industry. They’ll also tell the stories of the people who came to Alaska to fish by sail and by oar, or find work at the various fish processing facilities.