The stories in our commDJ Roundtree and Heidi Leeunity are part of its soul. Oral histories have the power to inspire, unite and instruct as well as preserve the past. The Listening Project seeks to keep history alive and also remind us of the interwoven connections between community members. Realizing these connections and remembering our ability to overcome hardships makes us strong as a community, and helps us find
solutions to the challenges we face.

The Listening Project is back! It’s is another precious opportunity to collect stories in our community and learn more about the people in our town and what they have to offer. The project helps define who we are in this community, expresses our diversity and identifies our resources of courage and imagination.  Everyone is welcome to participate!

To schedule an interview contact:  

Petersburg Public Library at 772-3349/library@petersburgak.gov or Listening Project Coordinator Julie Hursey.

Clans throughout Southeast Alaska gathered in Wrangell along with many Petersburg residents to celebrate this special occasion.  Among those gathered were the Petersburg Public Library’s Jessica Ieremia who was excited to witness this historic event.

Click here to listen as this audio essay that  brings the sounds and voices of the Shakes Tribal House rededication from Wrangell to you.

The following photos show Ishmael Hope during children’s story telling inside Shakes House and capture the parade, which started at the Stikine Inn and ended in celebration on Shakes Island.

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Ishmael Hope

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In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Sons of Norway Fedrelandet 23, a group of past officers and long-time members gather together at Petersburg ‘s Mountain View Manor to reflect upon some of their fond memories at the Sons of Norway.

Listen to this excerpt as Tora Thynes, Neva Christensen, Jimmie Stafford, Roy Otness and June Vick discuss and share memories of how and why the hall was built, making Lutefisk, and their favorite yearly events.


Townsquare49.org is  “an online forum, highlighting the work of community organizations and individuals in order to develop more engaged, interactive Alaskans”.  Started by the Alaska Community Foundation in 2011, it functions as a virtual town square with broad appeal to all Alaskans.

Last month Alaska’s Town Square 49 featured one of the Listening Project’s most listened to interviews, Escape from the Killing Fields: The Courage and Strength of Hoy Yihttp://www.alaskapublic.org/2012/03/12/the-petersburg-listening-project/

The Legacy of Amy Hallingstad

In this Listening Project conversation Jonas Hallingstad,  Skip Hallingstad, Colyn Lyons and Brenda Louise discuss the legacy of Amy Hallingstad

Click here to listen to the excerpt that aired on KFSK.

Click here to listen to their entire conversation.

To learn more about Amy Hallingstad, click here to listen to the commentary that Skip Hallingstad submitted to KFSK Public Radio  honoring his grandmother’s efforts in the civil rights movement. To read the article about Amy Hallingstad that he refers to in his commentary, visit the Seaalaska Heritage Institute website.

Amy Hallingstad (Photo provided courtesy of Skip Hallingstad)


Retired teachers Kathy Bracken, Susan Holmes, Sally Riemer and Mel Stockton sit down during their weekly Thursday morning coffee ritual to talk about how Petersburg’s teachers have formed a lasting bond well into retirement.  Thursday mornings a group of retired teachers meet inside the Scandia House meeting room to stay in touch with each other’s lives and to share information.  While working in the school district they formed tight bonds from shared experiences inside and outside the classroom.  This interview talks about some of those experiences they shared and their admiration for one another.

To listen to an excerpt of this conversation click here.

Kari and Oliver Petersen

Kari and Oliver Petersen

Listen as Kari has a conversation with her young son Oliver to discover his take on girls and his love of Star Wars.  Oliver tells Kari about some of his favorite Star Wars characters and what is so special about the purple light saber.  This interview is a darling glance into the world of a four-year-old boy.

To listen to an excerpt of this conversation