The story of the Kenai Fjords is not just one of geology and landforms, but also of people. Archeological evidence indicates the region has been home to Alaska Natives for thousands of years. In more recent times, hunters, fishermen, fox farmers, miners, and more have made use of the fjords.
Within Kenai Fjords National Park, a representative piece of the north Gulf Coast of Alaska, stories of people and places abound; from the Sugpiaq, whose camps dotted the coastline, to the mining camps that once operated in the Nuka Bay area. Remnants of former times are abundant. They are worthy of protection as much as any natural feature, as they are invaluable links to the past.
We work to document the people in the park, past and present, and help preserve places with special history. The park maintains an extensive museum collection, of more then 250,000 objects, representing the history of this area. As part of our mission to preserve and protect the natural and cultural history of this special place, archeologists survey and analyze the remains of sites throughout the park, as well as, sites from historic Seward.