Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes Poster Contest PDF Print
Attention Kodiak kids!  The Alaska Historical Society is sponsoring a Poster Contest in celebration of the centennial anniversary of the Mt. Novarupta eruption on June 6, 1912.  The eruption shrouded Kodiak in darkness for days and deposited up to 18-inches of ash throughout the city.  The eruption also formed the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes and led to the establishment of Katmai National Park.  All Alaska 3rd grade students are eligible to participate in the contest by submitting an original drawing or painting reflecting the history of the Valley, and/or the stories found within it. 

To help interested students understand the impacts of the eruption on the people of Kodiak, the Baranov Museum will host a kids' activity on Saturday, March 31st at 1pm at the Baranov Museum.  Vivid accounts and historical photographs of the 1912 eruption will bring the story to life.  Students will then recreate a volcanic eruption using flour and sand on Sargent Park.  Families are welcome to stay at the museum to work on poster entries, or take home a packet of design supplies and registration forms.

Throughout March and April, the Baranov Museum will also provide 1) free admission to families of 3rd grade students interested in participating in the contest, 2) 11" x 17" paper and copies of the contest guidelines and entry forms (poster_contest), and 3) the option to scan and create a digital copy of all artwork before submission to the Alaska Historical Society.

We look forward to helping Kodiak kids discover and imagine this important story!