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Wrangell-St. Elias Project Background

Kennecott MineThe Wrangell-St. Elias Project Jukebox has been created in phases over the course of several decades. Initial interviews were conducted in the early 1990's by William Schneider, David Krupa, and Mary Larson from the Oral History Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), and put into a Macintosh only Hypercard computer program that was accessible at the University and the Park's Copper Center Visitor Center. During the Kennecott Kids Reunion in June of 1990, Park Service employees, Ann Kain and Sande Faulkner, interviewed some of the "kids" who grew up at the mine and a few of these recordings have been included in this project. There are transcripts of these and other interviews available on the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park website.

In the late 1990's and early 2000's, the Jukebox program was converted into a web-based format and interviews were done in more communities not included in the original project. These interviews were conducted by William Schneider and Karen Brewster of UAF, and Ruth Ann Warden of the National Park Service.

In 2013, the Jukebox was converted again to keep up with changing technology and web standards. The current Jukebox is using Drupal to present our oral history recordings, transcripts and photographs. At the same time, additional interviews were conducted in communities along the Alaska Highway that the National Park Service only recently had determined had customary and traditional ties to the Wrangell St.-Elias National Park area. These interviews were conducted by Karen Brewster and Leslie McCartney of UAF.

Different phases of website design and development were completed by Mary Larson, Marla Statscewich, and Karen Brewster of the UAF Oral History Program.

Thanks also go to Ruth Ann Warden, Nellie Lord, Ann Kain, Ann Worthington, Sande Faulkner, Mary Ann Porter and Barbara Cellarius from the National Park Service for their participation as interviewers, and for their support of and help with the various phases of this project.

All phases of the Wrangell-St. Elias Project Jukebox have been funded by the National Park Service and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.