The Kasilof Regional Historical Association gives to the community all year through its preservation of the culture and antiquities of the area, but once a year it asks the community to give back so it can continue its operations, and that day is today.
"It's time for our annual auction, and it's our biggest fundraising event to cover operating costs to run the McLane Center Museum," said KRHA board member Catherine Cassidy.
The auctions a silent and an outcry will take place at 7 p.m. at Tustumena Elementary School at Mile 112 of the Sterling Highway, but there will be a public viewing of the auction items beginning at 6 p.m. Cassidy said there will be a lot to see including carvings, tools, household goods, electronics, sporting goods such as a Nordic track and a snowboard, toys and dolls, homemade pies and even a few historical pieces.
"We're calling it an Alaskana and Gift Auction because we have a lot of Alaskana items," she said.
Folks with fond memories of how the area used to be can bid on images of those by-gone days.
"We'll have a lots of prints of 1920 era photographs of the peninsula from the McLane collection. We'll also have lots of prints from Alaska artists, and local pottery," she said.
Hunters interested to learn about how many bulls, bruins and other species were bagged in the past will also be able to make a bid on an old record book.
"One exciting item is a 1958 edition of 'Records of North American Big Game,' a Boone and Crockett publication," she said.
Cassidy said not only will there be lots of good auction items, but most will likely sell at very reasonable prices. All proceeds will benefit the KHRA and the McLane Center Museum, which annually costs roughly $3,500 to run.
"Funds raised are used to pay utility bills, to keep the museum heated, for getting our newsletter printed and mailed out, and any extra goes into cabin restoration projects," she said.
Cabin restoration projects for the coming winter began just a few weeks ago, but volunteers are still being sought for ongoing and future projects.
"The trapper cabin we were working on last winter is fully restored and furnished. The crew is now working on the Abe Erickson cabin that was moved up from the Kasilof River a few years ago. Their replacing logs underneath it now and will be putting in a floor and doing some interior restoration through the winter," Cassidy said.
Anyone interested in volunteering for the cabin restoration crew can show up at the McLane Center on Wednesdays at 10 a.m., or call Gary Titus at 260-5410 for more information.
For more information on the KRHA auction, contact Dave Letzring at 262-2999.
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