The Matanuska Colony Barns

Author: Helen Hegener
Book: The Matanuska Colony Barns: The Enduring Legacy of the 1935 Matanuska Colony Project

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In 1935 the U.S. Government transported 200 families from the Great Depression-stricken midwest to a valley of unparalleled beauty in Alaska, where they were given the chance to begin new lives as part of a federally-funded social experiment, the Matanuska Colony Project. As part of each family’s farmstead, a magnificent barn was raised, a sturdy square structure 32′ by 32′ and soaring 32′ high. Today these Colony barns are an iconic reminder of what has been called the last great pioneering adv…more

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