Poleske and Carney earn award for history videos
Annette Shacklett | The Seward Phoenix LOG
Amy Carney and Lee Poleske film the Obihiro video of “Bits of History” this summer at the Seward Museum.
For their innovative Bits of History video series, Amy Carney and Lee Poleske were awarded archival Certificates of Excellence by the Alaska State Historical Records Advisory Board (ASHRAB) earlier this month, according to a ASHRAB press release. The 5- to 7-minute historical videos cover all aspects of Seward past.
Carney is the Seward Community Library Museum Collections Coordinator, and Poleske is a local historian who has tirelessly volunteered to gather and share Seward’s history for all who care to listen.
Carney and Poleske used archival records including photographs, maps, newspapers, and 16mm archival video footage to produce 40 videos that are accessible on the Seward Library website and YouTube. Topics covered include the first Moscow to New York flight in 1929 with a stopover in Seward, the story of the Alaska state flag created by 13-year old Benny Benson of the Jesse Lee Mission School in 1927, and the 1928 Mount Marathon Race.
The ASHRAB members noted that this collection of historical vignettes is local history at its best and that the medium chosen enables the older generation to communicate with and pass on the torch of history to its successors.
The ASHRAB, coordinated by the State Archivist, is a nine-member governor-appointed state board. The ASHRAB believes that the collection and preservation of historical records, Alaska’s priceless legacy, are fundamental to understanding the past and guiding the future. This was the ASHRAB’s second award.”