• Autumn photo of Lake Clark and the Aleutian Range in Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

    Lake Clark

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Object of the Month

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View items from the park's extensive museum collection and archives in this monthly blog series.

August 2014 - Animal Goes in Mountain

August 04, 2014 Posted by: Kathryn Myers

The tip of a wooden arrow shaft, a section of an antler arrow point—rarely do archeologists find these types of organic objects preserved when they excavate a site. However, archeologists have found these types of things perfectly preserved in Lake Clark. Where? In ice and snow patches!


July 2014 - Like a Good Neighbor, Nondalton was There!

July 24, 2014 Posted by: Kathryn Myers

Fourth of July festivities are never complete without fireworks and exuberant children. Your holiday celebrations this year may very well have mirrored those in Port Alsworth in the summer of 1953. However, fireworks in the hands of kids can lead to terrible accidents. Such was the case 61 years ago when the children's fun and games resulted in a forest fire. July's Object of the Month is a birch bark basket that was hastily made by a woman from Nondalton to carry water to fight the fire near Port Alsworth. The story reminds us that kids will be kids, and good neighbors are a blessing.


June 2014 - "Two in the Far North"

June 04, 2014 Posted by: Kathryn Myers

June’s object of the month is a book: “Two in the Far North,” the biographical novel written by the “Grandmother of the Conservation Movement” Margaret Murie. It’s a story of Margaret’s adventures in more northern parts of Alaska. So why is it Lake Clark’s object of the month? Because this particular copy of the book was given to Dick Proenneke by Murie.


May 2014 - Footprints on the Land

May 05, 2014 Posted by: Kathryn Myers

May's Object of the Month is a micro-blade core found near Lower Twin Lake which dates from around 12,000-9,500 years Before Present (BP). Is it the oldest object in the collections? Was it found at the oldest archaeology site in the park? These are hard questions—for one thing, we don’t know all there is to know about our park yet, and for another, it depends! Fuzzy answers? Yes. Here’s a little bit more to explain...


April 2014 - Care to Snare?

April 07, 2014 Posted by: Kathryn Myers

April's Object of the Month is a collection of small snares utilized by Dena'ina Athabascan women and girls to capture birds and squirrels for meat and fur.


March 2014 - Dazq'en: A Fire is Burning

March 06, 2014 Posted by: Kathryn Myers

March’s Object of the Month is more than just an object—it’s a 4,000 year old hearth! From 2008-2010, a series of small-scale archeological investigations were conducted prior to and during the restoration of a historic cabin and outbuildings located near present-day Port Alsworth on the shores of Lake Clark.


February 2014 - Fit to a Frog’s Eyebrow

February 04, 2014 Posted by: Katie Myers

February’s Object of the Month is a two foot long, intricately detailed model boat built by Dr. Elmer Bly while he was living on the shores of Lake Clark in the late 1940s or early 1950s. He named the beautiful craft the “Maizie B” after his beloved wife, May “Maizie” Bly—fitting for Valentine’s Day!


January 2014 - Beauty and the Bead

January 13, 2014 Posted by: Katie Myers

Details of past generations fade into the shadows until it seems as though those people never were quite real. Small glass beads, so ubiquitous and easily overlooked in today's society, open a small window into the lives of those who precede us. Through these tiny flashes of color comes a glimpse of the personal tastes of individuals long gone; individuals whose lives were as full and rich as our own. In our January Object of the Month blog post we share a variety of glass beads found at the Dena'ina Athabascan village of Kijik on the shores of Lake Clark.


December 2013: Winter is Coming

December 02, 2013 Posted by: Katie Myers

Winter arrives in the Lake Clark country long before the solstice marks the official start of the season. How does one survive the long dark in a land that remains frozen for so many months? No one knows how better than the local Dena'ina Athabascans who have lived in the area for countless generations. They will tell you that among the many necessities in a snow covered landscape is a reliable means of transportation. December's Object of the Month is a pair of traditionally crafted Birch snowshoes made by Wassillie Trefon so that his eldest son could navigate the winter landscape.


November 2013: A Proenneke Thanksgiving

November 04, 2013 Posted by: Katie Myers

Welcome to our first installment of the Object of the Month. We're kicking off this new blog series with Dick Proenneke's November 28, 1968 journal entry, in which he describes his first Thanksgiving spent in his new cabin at Upper Twin Lake. The start of November begins the busy holiday hustle and bustle. We might do well to emulate Proenneke by taking time to notice and enjoy life's simple pleasures, like a light breeze, the fast moving clouds, good food, the stars and moon, a fire when it's stormy out, and our last marshmallow.


Did You Know?

Small, sweet nagoonberries are similar to raspberries.

Berries are an important traditional food for the Dena'ina Athabascan people of the Lake Clark region. Seven different kinds of berries are available in the summer and fall, including blueberries, cranberries, and salmonberries.