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Category: 49 History

Mon, March 15, 2021

Eyewitness Booklet Series

Chris Allan has compiled five booklets of what he calls the “Eyewitness Series.”  They are being made available on the Alaska Historical Society’s website. Chris’s intent with the first four booklets is to showcase voices of the past: “I wanted to get away from the traditional historian’s narrative form where primary sources play a secondary or tertiary role behind the historian’s voice and analysis. I like the idea of people hearing history from the eyewitnesses. In each case, I was... (Read More)
Mon, October 19, 2020

Denali Park Road History

The Year Everything Changed: The 1972 Shuttle Bus Decision in Mount McKinley National Park. Tourism numbers at Denali National Park dropped this last summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The park projected between 50-60 thousand visitors. The last time Denali had so few tourists the park had a different name, private automobiles could still drive the length of the road, and Richard Nixon was President—it was the early 1970s. It was an era of big change in Denali. Read more... (Read More)
Mon, October 19, 2020

Sea Otters of Amchitka

The Sea Otters Of Amchitka (1959) Richard Ravalli, Associate Professor, History Department, William Jessup University, Rocklin, California During the coronavirus lockdown, I had the opportunity to work via e-mail with Angela Schmidt of the Alaska Film Archives at University of Alaska, Fairbanks. I was interested in the archive’s copy of the 1959 nature film The Sea Otters of Amchitka, produced by Thorne Films of Boulder, Colorado and shot by naturalist H. Robert Krear. It is the first completed documentary about... (Read More)
Sat, September 12, 2020

Before and After the Nineteenth Amendment

By Sue Sherif, Fairbanks, Alaska. Sue is a retired librarian and is a member of the League of Women Voters, which is also marking its 100th anniversary this year. [caption id="attachment_6469" align="alignright" width="300"] The 19th Amendment. Photo courtesy of Sherna Berger Gluck and the Suffragists Project Jukebox.[/caption] August 2020 marks several landmarks in the long struggle for voting rights for women.  August 18, 1920 saw the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution by the state legislature of Tennessee,... (Read More)
Fri, April 10, 2020

Covid-19 – Two year Unfinished Project #1 Completed: F/V Age of Reason

By Kathy Peavey, Craig Alaska Mary Ida Henrikson of Ketchikan gifted an original painting by former Craig resident and author, Ballard Hadman, to the Craig Public Library. The painting by Ballard was gifted to former Thorne Bay and Ketchikan author and her friend, Margaret Bell (niece of City of Craig founder, Craig Miller). It was Margaret who gave the painting to Mary. When Mary was in Craig in 2018 promoting her new book The Mystery of the Fire Trees of... (Read More)