2023 Alaska Day Dinner

In October we celebrate the 1867 transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States.  This year's dinner was on Friday, October 20. 

Doors open at 4:30 so that desserts may be delivered and friends may visit, followed by the Famous Dessert Auction at 6:00. Bring your yummiest dessert to tempt your fellow bidders! This year, there will be other auction items, including a framed print from the Alaska Railroad. A silent auction will be open for the evening, and our guest speaker is Jeff Schultz, Official Volunteer Photographer of the Iditarod, ​with photos and stories along the trail. 

A buffet dinner, catered by Marion Romano, will be served at 7:00.  

2023 Potluck Picnic and Hall of Fame Induction

Knik Museum- 10524 Knik-Goose Bay Road, Wasilla, AK

The 2023 inductee was Joe May, veteran, homesteader, trapper and Iditarod champion.  
“You did it with snowshoes, you did it with an ax, you did it however you could.”  That was the first thing Joe May told us as he  talked about the early years of racing in the Iditarod.  Joe drove his Fiat to Alaska in 1975 “sick in body and sick in the head” and made a life for himself here.  He built his cabin by hand and settled in.  At some point he acquired some dogs and ran a trap line.  His dogs were fast and could go long distances.  It was Dick Mackey who talked him into racing the Iditarod.  Joe made his sled out of plywood and he made everything else he needed on the trail.  What an adventure!

Posted by  Linda Fenton ~2013 Teacher on the Trail
June 27, 2012 

Delivering the mail in 2023 were Iditarod racers Kristy and Anna Berington of Knik.

Pictured is Ellen Redington, delivering the mail in 2022.

It is with great sadness that we inform fans of the passing of Jim Varsos in the fall of 2021. Jim was an amazing musician, a true ambassador for the state of Alaska, and a supporter of the Knik Museum. He is missed. 

Wasilla Knik Historical Society

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Wasilla Knik Historical Society

300 N Boundary, Wasilla, Alaska 99654



Thank You to Our Devoted Sponsors, past and present:

 Alaska Railroad, WalMart, Home Depot, Talkeetna Air Taxi, Mahays Riverboat Service, Arby's, KFC, Red Robin, Subway, Three Bears Big Lake, Spenard Builders Supply, Eleanor Wilde, David Bastian, Richard Wilson, Bob Frost.

2024 Potluck Picnic and

Hall of Fame Induction


This is a potluck picnic so bring your favorite dish to share! Dessert and drinks will be provided.

The 2024 inductee into the Mushers Hall Of Fame  is Roxy Wright, the only woman to win the Fur Rondy Open World Championship Sled Dog Race, and the first woman to claim the Open North American Championship in Fairbanks!

As a part of this event, the Bjorn Cabin is an official USPS post office. Commemorative cachets celebrating Roxie, representing the mail that all mushers in the Iditarod are required to carry, will be available for sale and will be hand stamped by a USPS postal employee. You are also welcome to bring any other mail, birthday cards, and letters to be stamped with our specially made cancelation stamp.

Admission to the museum is free today also, so come join us for a day of food, friendship and fun! 

Hobo Jim Remembered