Petersburg Listening Project


Petersburg Public Library’s Listening Project gathers stories from Petersburg residents ranging from the sobering experience of one local resident from Cambodia who escaped the Khmer Rouge, to the charming tales of the Short brothers sharing their experiences growing up in Petersburg. The Listening Project seeks out community members from all backgrounds to gather and share their stories. It preserves our history, expresses our diversity, and promotes understanding. It is produced in partnership with KFSK Public Radio and made possible by funding from the Alaska State Library, the Alaska Community Foundation, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Tora Thynes was born in Norway and emigrated to the U.S. as a young girl, sponsored by her aunt. In this interview, she tells Heidi Lee about life in Norway during the German Occupation of WW II, and watching warships from both sides of the conflict come into the fjord near her village. She also tells about fishing in Petersburg with her husband Pete on the sailboat/troller he named after her and about her many trips to Norway with her family.

How often does one get to ask a loved one, “What was the happiest moment of your life?” or “What are you most proud of?” or “How do you want to be remembered?” Occasions rarely arise for shared reflection in everyday life. The Petersburg Public Library’s Listening Project is recording these meaningful conversations and ensuring that personal stories live on for generations to come in our community. Click for more.