L. Lyons Brown Foundation
Bank of Alaska
of Alaska, Convention '93
of the Valdez Museum
Irish Memorial Fund
many others, at the many funding opportunity levels.
Town Valdez Model Exhibit
Model depicts 1963 Valdez.
click on the image to see it in a larger version.
is the Model?
The Historic Old Town
Valdez Model is a 1:20 scale replica of Old Town Valdez as it appeared
just prior to the 1964 Earthquake. The Model includes over 400 buildings
and 60 city blocks. Details such as window boxes, period automobiles,
pets, signs, and the town character are now being added. It is divided
into 11 pods along the major dividing streets so visitors can “walk through
town”, following the routes that families in Old Town followed for years.
Great care has been
taken to assure historical accuracy. Buildings were constructed based
on original photographs and slides. Residents were consulted regularly
to determine exact locations of everything from garden plots to buildings.
Why was the Model Built?
The Valdez Museum undertook
this project in 1997 in order to provide former residents of Old Town,
current residents of Valdez, and others a way to experience, first hand,
our community’s past. The Model has already been successful as an
educational tool, heritage project, and visitor attraction.
Click on the image to see a larger version.
The Modeler used original appraisal records,
photographs and the memories of Old Towners to construct the Model.
Why is the Model Important?
For those who were born and lived there, the original Valdez townsite is
now a memory. Beyond the tragedy of the 1964 earthquake, these memories
are of homes, neighbors, friends and community activities typical of a
small Alaskan town during the first half of the twentieth century.
for more recent residents and the children and grandchildren of former
"Old Town Valdezans", the original townsite is but a theoretical place
in time. They may have walked the deserted townsite and been told many
times about the old days but they have seen it only in family snapshots
or in museum photographs.
Please click on the image to view a larger version
of this aerial photo of
the Old Valdez townsite.
What Else Can I See at the Annex?
We are developing ancillary
exhibits and programs in the Museum Annex, where the Model is housed, that
interpret the Old Town. Exhibits include an interactive Earthquake
exhibit comprised of an operating seismograph, computer simulations, a
shake table, and hand-on activities for children. A docent program
that began last summer brings Old Towners into the Annex as “guides” of
the Old Town. In the future we plan to incorporate the information
gathered during the project into a comprehensive oral history and database.
Please click on the image to see a larger version
of the Dolphin Bar as it has been recreated in the Old Town Valdez Model.
Project Needs Your Support
chronology and history of Valdez and its importance within the state's
comparison of Old Town and Valdez today via multimedia technology
community awareness and pride
of the perspective of "Old Timers"
of a central repository of collected project information
are seeking private, corporate, governmental and organizational gifts to
make this project possible. The Old Town Model project is a phased,
three-year development with a projected cost of $50,000. The
Museum's Board of Directors granted $5,000 from the Phyllis Irish
Memorial Fund to begin work.
us as we make the past come alive!
of Sponsorship & Benefits
Benefits are cumulatively
want to Help (children and those on a limited budget)
$2 - 24
in Museum newsletter; OTVMP picture button
$25 - 49
in the Friends of the Valdez Museum: free admission to the Museum, subscription
to the Museum newsletter, 10% discount at the Museum Store
$50 - 99
pin with OTVMP logo
Vessel Structure $100 - 249
to limited attendance events connected with the project
$250 - 499
listed and appropriately displayed adjacent to the model
$500 - 999
on front page banner of the Museum newsletter and business card size display
ad inside newsletter; invitation to exclusive $500+ donation event at the
$1,000 - 4,999
of photo feature or business card size display ad inside the Museum newsletter;
continuous listing in newsletters over the year; credit in interpretive
$5,000 - 9,999
listing and choice of a photo feature or business-card size display ad
inside the museum newsletter
can also be a part of this exciting Project. Just e-mail ,
write, call, or fax the Museum to discuss the many opportunities available.
We look forward to hearing from you!!!!
from the Museum website to Donor's site; choice of photo feature or business
card size display ad inside the Museum newsletter; and photo coverage in
both Valdez newspapers . . .or the promise of anonymity
tuned for future updates as they will be posted on the website!
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