As part of GTC’s project to document Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), staff members have been researching the historical information available about the Native Village of Georgetown. Thanks to the efforts of our staff members, as well as the staff workers at the Alaska State Library Historical Collections, we are happy to present the following fourteen photographs, which serve as a glimpse into Georgetown as it once existed.
These photographs can be found in the collection entitled: Trip to Alaska: Georgetown, King Island, Little Diomede and other Alaskan communities, ca. 1910-1920 PCA 227. The introduction to the collection states that the photographer/collector of the album is uncertain. An excerpt from the introduction is below.
“Within the album is a name card for I.W. Mason of Seattle, Washington. In 1910, a trading post was opened by George Fredericks on the Kuskokwim River northwest of Sleetmute. Later it was named Georgetown and a post office was established there in 1912, but was discontinued in 1913.
Most of the photos are postcard size and the quality ranges from poor to good. Many of the Georgetown views have a circled “S” on them. The album was donated to the library in 1983 by R.N. DeArmond”
GTC will be conducting TEK interviews in both Georgetown & Sleetmute this summer. If you have additional photographs or maps you think will be helpful to this project, or if you would like to be involved in the process, please contact our Project Assistant, Jonathan Samuelson at firstname.lastname@example.org or our Environmental Coordinator, Kate Schaberg, at 907-717-5292.