Thursday, August 15, 2013

It's Almost Here: The Alaska State Fair!

The New Deal Pioneers of the Matanuska Colony
We're coming back to the Alaska State Fair
with screenings, barn tours, kid stuff and more!

  Wineck Barn_DSC09485_logo_color     
ALASKA FAR AWAY  Returns to the Alaska State Fair

Screenings in the Wineck Barn
Thursday, August 22 through Monday, September 2, 2013

Daily schedule:
12:00 noon 5:00 PM: Screenings of Alaska Far Away
2:30 PM: Screenings of 
Where the River Matanuska Flows

Daily:  Barn talks and tours of the Wineck Barn (see below for times and details)
plus historical exhibits,
Colony Kids Corner,
and other special events

All events in the Wineck Barn FREE with Fair admission

Take history home with you - Shop inside the Wineck Barn 
Buy DVDs of Alaska Far Away and Where the River Matanuska Flows
Helen Hegener's book  The Matanuska Colony Barns
Heather Lehe's young-adult novel Colony Kids
and more!
Cash, check & credit cards welcome.

Thanks to our long-time sponsors at Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union for making these  Alaska State Fair screenings possible.
MVFCU logo
In addition to our film screenings,
join us in the Wineck Barn during the Fair
for the special events listed below
 Matanuska Colony Barns

Daily barn talks and tour with Helen Hegener, author of The Matanuska Colony Barns
at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM in the Wineck Barn

barnscvr1Have you always wanted to know more about the beautiful barns that are scattered throughout the Matanuska Valley?

Local author and photographer Helen Hegener has written The Matanuska Colony Barns, and she will be sharing the story of the barns and giving tours of the Wineck Barn twice daily at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM (with the exception of August 24 and 25th, when the barn presentations will be given by guest speaker Professor Arnold Alanen; see below for details).

Come hear her presentation, then stick around for our film screenings.

Click here to visit her barn website. Helen's book will be available for purchase in the Wineck Barn throughout the Fair.

 Why Do Those Barns Looks Like That?
The Buildings of the Matanuska Colony

Illustrated presentations and barn tours with special guest Professor Arnold Alanen
Saturday and Sunday, August 24 and 25

2:00 PM, 4:30 PM and 7:00 PM in the Wineck Barn
aa_wsj-photo_crIf you love Matanuska Colony history and architecture, you won't want to miss these special presentations. Professor Alanen has studied and written about the architecture of the Matanuska Colony, and served as a consultant on Alaska Far Away. These illustrated presentations will explore the architecture of the Matanuska Colony with a special emphasis on the barns, and will include a guided tour of the Wineck Barn, which was built by Finnish-American colonists in 1936.

Professor Alanen is an Emeritus Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has written extensively on vernacular architecture, planned communities and landscape architecture, and cultural resource preservation. A third-generation Finnish-American from the same region the Matanuska colonists came from, he is well-known in Finnish-American circles through his numerous popular presentations at FinnFests. He was named Finlandia Foundation's 2009 National Lecturer of the Year.
NOTE: Professor Alanen will also be speaking at the Finlandia Hall in Anchorage on Thursday, August 22 at 6:00 PM on "From Finland to North America: Buildings, Landscapes and Cultural Change."
 Colony Kids Corner

Daily during Fair hours in the Wineck Barn

DSC04307Who says Colony history is just for grown-ups? Most of the original colonists were Colony Kids!

We're devoting a special corner of the Wineck Barn to kids, featuring fun activities with a Colony theme.

So bring the kids to the Wineck Barn - there's something for kids of all ages!

 Cream Puff Pioneers

Thursday, August 29 and Saturday, August 31
at 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM in the Wineck Barn

HAMS 2013_cr

Visitors to the Matanuska Valley back in the 1990s may remember a wonderful musical narrative of the Matanuska Colony. Written by Dan Strouse, with music and lyrics by Ron Strouse, it was performed for years in the RV park right outside of Palmer, in the shadow of Pioneer Peak.

Well, Cream Puff Pioneers has now been revived by HAMS (The Homeless Actors of Mat-Su), and they will be performing the show in the Wineck Barn on Thursday, August 29 and Saturday, August 31 at 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

Admission is FREE with Fair admission. Come hear the story of the Colony told in song.
Alaska Far Away:
Documenting an American Adventure Story

Daily during Fair hours in the Wineck Barn

For the past three years, we've made the Wineck Barn a destination at the Alaska State Fair where you can watch our films, learn about Colony history, listen to or share stories, or simply get off your feet for awhile and enjoy the beauty of this historic barn.

Come see our historical exhibit, 
ALASKA FAR AWAY: DOCUMENTING AN AMERICAN ADVENTURE STORYinside the Wineck Barn. This exhibit tells the story of the Matanuska Colony through photos, historical documents, maps and excerpts from interviews filmed during the making of Alaska Far Away.