The origins of the Historical Society read like a number of Talkeetna organizations. The society was formed in 1972 by a small group of Talkeetna residents headed by Minnie Swanda and Pete Dana. They worked on making the old one room schoolhouse a museum, which opened in 1974. There are very few documents to show how many meetings were held or what was official in those days. There is a gap in the late 70s. The society officially signed incorporation documents in 1985. Some of the same residents that started the organization were on that Board of Directors. Since that time, however, the society took off and at times had as many as 250 or 300 members from around the world. In 1989, we became an official 501 c 3 nonprofit, tax deductible organization.With our online itinerary creator, Talkeetna attractions like Talkeetna Historical Society Museum can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
Today, the organization handles several historic properties and buildings and continues to promote and educate individuals and visitors from all over the world about Talkeetna's rich heritage: natives, mining, mountaineering, the Alaska Railroad and much more.
Talkeetna Historical Society Museum reviews
The history of the area is well covered and the information on Denali is excellent. There's a huge sort of album with articles about Denali climbers, rescues, etc. Fascinating. more »
Considering the size of the city itself, the museum is very big. The lady we met at the entrance was very nice with us and shortly described what is inside. A little peace of history of men and... more »
It's a small sort of quirky museum made up of multiple small cabin like structures. Very appropriate for the town upon which the TV show Northern Exposure was based.
Small museum, very helpful staff. They also have a nice, small trail with information boards along the walk outside near the river.
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