May-June 2021 Alaskan History

May-June, 2021 Alaskan History Magazine

The May-June, 2021 issue of Alaskan History Magazine will include the following articles: • Knik – At one time the largest community on Cook Inlet, and being on the Iditarod Trail, it was the chief outfitting point for much of western Alaska. • Alaska Villlages, Eskimo, Indian, Aleut, 1937 – An unusual look at the villages of Alaska, from the perspectives of students boarding at the Eklutna Vocational School. • An Alaskan “Mush” to Presbytery – The Reverend Samuel Hall Young was known as “The Mushing Parson,” and here he details one trip over the Iditarod Trail. • Historic Alaskan Hot Springs – From the Panhandle to the Seward Peninsula, and from the Arctic Slopes to the Aleutian Islands, thermal hot springs are found all across Alaska. • Hotel Holman / Blix’s Roadhouse – From a roadhouse in a tent beside the Copper River to one of the most respected establishments on the Valdez-to-Fairbanks Trail. • Trading Cards: Captain Cook’s Third Voyage – Small colorful and informative, commercial trading cards from the Arbuckle Coffee Company told of Captain Cook’s final voyage. • 1923 Alaska Railroad Tour Lantern Slides – Presented as a promotional program for the then-new Alaska Railroad, these colorful slides share scenes of Alaska’s Great Circle Tour. The cover is a tinted slide from the tour, showing a Chevrolet crossing a glacier stream near the Worthington Glacier on the Richardson Highway. Click below to pre-order the May-June issue, mailed April 15th. 


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March-April Alaskan History

March-April, 2021 Alaskan History Magazine

The March-April , 2021 articles include the history of the Bering Sea port of St. Michael; an introduction to Malemute Joe Henderson, the intrepid North Slope explorer; the story of John and Frank Ballaine and the Alaska Central Railroad, including the founding of the town of Seward; an excerpt from May Kellogg Sullivan’s book about visiting the Klondike in 1899; the story of four murdered miners in the gold fields west of Talkeetna; the history of Alaska’s first postal inspector, John P. Clum; and a look at vintage sled dog postcards.


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Jan-Feb Alaskan History

Inside this issue:  

• CR&NWRR Steamboats on the Copper River – Between 1907 and 1911 the Copper River and Northwestern Railway operated a fleet of steamboats on the Copper and Chitina Rivers in support of railroad construction and mining operations at Kennicott.

• Along the Trail from Eagle to Valdez, 1901 – This 1901 report includes a discussion of the Copper River region, interesting notes and observations on the Native and non-Native residents and visitors.

• Glacial Lake Ahtna – During the last major glaciation the Copper River and its tributaries were dammed by glacial advances, and the lake that formed in the Copper River Basin was named glacial Lake Ahtna. 

• Dr. Joseph Romig, The Dog Team Doctor – To the people he served in the southwestern Alaska region of the Kuskokwim delta, Dr. Joseph H. Romig was known as “Yung-Cha-wista,” person working for others, or “Remaker of People.”

• Patsy Ann the Bull Terrier – Deaf since birth, the friendly white bull terrier named Patsy Ann became Juneau’s official greeter in 1934, and is honored today with a bronze statue on the dock near her favorite spot.

• ‘‘Anything You Know Regarding the Natives:” Dr. James Taylor White’s 1901 Yukon River Ethnographic Questionnaire” • by Gary C. Stein – Dr. James Taylor White wrote to six missions along a 500-mile stretch of the Yukon River. All of these were Athabascan Indian missions with the exception of Russian Mission, which was Central Yup’ik Eskimo. 

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Jan-Feb 2021 Alaskan History Magazine

Inside this issue: • CR&NWRR Steamboats on the Copper River • Along the Trail from Eagle to Valdez, 1901 • Glacial Lake Ahtna • Dr. Joseph Romig, The Dog Team Doctor • Patsy Ann the Bull Terrier • ‘‘Anything You Know Regarding the Natives:” Dr. James Taylor White’s 1901 Yukon River Ethnographic Questionnaire” • by Gary C. Stein


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2019 AHM Anthology

The first four issues of Alaskan History Magazine are now available as an anthology featuring the stories and photographs which ran in the magazine from the inaugural issue in May-June through the Nov-Dec issue. The full texts of every article are highlighted by historic photos from the magazine in a convenient book format, making this a great gift for anyone interested in the history of the north. This anthology features engaging stories of the people who wrote the history of the Great Land, and the great events which shaped and defined that history.

The Alaskan History Magazine 2019 Anthology is published in a 6” x 9” format, B/W interior, 225 pages, with over 150 black-and-white photographs. $24.95 plus $5.00 shipping & handling. Click below to order via credit card or PayPal. Also available from Amazon or your favorite bookstore.

Alaskan History Magazine 2019 Anthology

The first four issues of Alaskan History Magazine are now available as an anthology featuring the stories and photographs which ran in the magazine. The full texts of every article are highlighted by historic photos from the magazine in a convenient book format. Postpaid price $29.95, click to order.


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Nov-Dec Alaskan History

The Nov-Dec issue of Alaskan History Magazine is now available! Articles in this issue cover a wide range of topics:

• Mottram Dulany Ball was a founding father of Alaska, and de facto governor of the territory.

• Alexander Hunter Murray built the stockaded fort and Hudson’s Bay trading post at Fort Yukon.

• The Episcopal Church brought medical services and other comforts to Iditarod and Flat City.

• The Silent City. In 1885 Dick Willoughby brought news that he had discovered a mirage above the Muir Glacier.

• Nellie Cashman, the “Miner’s Angel,” earned the respect of miners from Arizona to Alaska.

• The Alaska Dog Team, 1922: Rand McNally’s guide on how to hire, drive, and care for an Alaskan dogteam.

• The First American Musher in Alaska, by Thom Swan: Robert Kennicott was the first known American to travel via dogteam in Alaska.

Nov-Dec, 2020 Alaskan History Magazine

Order the Nov-Dec issue, sent postage paid, First Class Mail. In this issue: Mottram Delany Ball • History of Fort Yukon • Episcopal Church in Iditarod • The Silent City • Nellie Cashman • 1922 Mushing Guide • The First American Musher in Alaska, by Thom “Swanny” Swan


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Sept-Oct Alaskan History

Sept-Oct 2020 issue

Order the Sept-Oct issue, sent postage paid, First Class Mail. In this issue: Wells Fargo & Co. in Alaska • McGreely’s Express • Roadhouses • Ray Mala: Alaska’s Hollywood Star • The Alaska Club • A Bibliography of Alaskan Literature, 1724-1924 • Ernest de Koven Leffingwell, Mapping the Arctic Coast • and much more! 

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In this issue:

• Wells Fargo & Co. in Alaska: Freighting in the Far North

• McGreely’s Express: 1898 Private Post Between Dyea and Skaguay

• Roadhouses of Alaska: A Good Meal and a Warm Place to Sleep

• Ray Mala: Alaska’s Hollywood Star

• The Alaska Club: A Seattle Social Club for Traveling Alaskans

• James Wickersham’s A Bibliography of Alaskan Literature, 1724-1924

• Special Feature: Ernest de Koven Leffingwell, Mapping the Arctic Coast

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Josephine Crumrine

Updating articles at the digital magazine site again, working on the Sept-Oct, 2019 issue today, which included this piece about the beautiful sled dog portraits of Josephine Crumrine:

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SmokeyThe beautiful pastel paintings of Alaskan huskies by Alaskan artist Josephine Crumrine, reproduced by four-color lithography, graced the menu covers in the dining rooms of the Alaska Steamship Company during the 1940’s and ’50’s. One of these menus, depicting an Army sled dog named ‘Smokey,’ shown here, is on file at the Alaska State Library and available to view on the digital archives.

The Sept-Oct issue, 2019 issue of Alaskan History Magazine features an article about Josephine Crumrine and the Alaska Steamship Company menus, with several other sled dog portraits for which the artist became well known. You can read the entire article with all the full-color portraits at the Alaskan History Magazine’s issuu pages

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Alaskan Roadhouses

Alaskan Roadhouses

Alaskan Roadhouses: Shelter, Food and Lodging Along Alaska’s Roads and Trails, by Helen Hegener

This 284-page book presents historic photos of dozens of individual roadhouses, along with the colorful histories are first-hand accounts of those who stayed at the roadhouses while traveling the early trails and roads of Alaska, including the Reverend Samuel Hall Young, Frank G. Carpenter, Judge James Wickersham, Leonhard Seppala, Col. Walter L. Goodwin, and Matilda Clark Buller, who opened a roadhouse near Nome in 1901, at the height of the Nome Gold Rush.

The following description is from Jim Reardan’s book, Sam O. White, Alaskan: Tales of a Legendary Wildlife Agent and Bush Pilot [Graphic Arts Books, 2014]:

Teams at Tonsina Roadhouse on the Valdez-to-Fairbanks Trail
Teams at Tonsina Roadhouse on the Valdez-to-Fairbanks Trail

“A man named Ohlson ran the Lone Star Roadhouse between Minchumina and McGrath. He had been a dog team driver, trapper, and prospector until old age caught up with him. He then settled down to winters in his roadhouse on the Fairbanks-McGrath trail, where he cooked and cared for overnight travelers. Hotcakes, bacon, coffee and two eggs (if you were man enough to take ’em before they took you) was $2.50. There was also moose and caribou stew, which was always good. At $2.50 per meal this was not at all out of line when considering the distance and transportation involved in getting the supplies there.”

Alaskan Roadhouses

"Alaskan Roadhouses, Shelter, Food, and Lodging Along Alaska's Roads and Trails," by Helen Hegener, published by Northern Light Media in 2016. 6" x 9", over 100 black/white photographs, 284 pages. $24.95 plus $5.00 for First Class shipping.


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July-August, 2020

The July-August, 2020 issue is now available to read online at Issuu, and print copies are available for adding to your library collection.

This July-August issue of Alaskan History Magazine features the following articles:

• Septima M. Collis, author of A Woman’s Trip to Alaska, about her historically informative voyage through Alaska’s Inside Passage in 1890.

• Gavriil Andreevich Sarychev, a Russian sea captain who mapped much of the Aleutians. 

• Pioneer Farmers of the Matanuska Valley, the hardy souls who blazed the way in agriculture for south central Alaska.

• SS Dora, the doughty little sailing ship which carried mail, freight and passengers through some of Alaska’s roughest waters for close to half a century.

• C. C. Georgeson, the Special Agent in charge of developing Alaska Agricultural Experiment Stations in Sitka, Kodiak, Rampart, Copper Center and elsewhere.

• Bicycles in Frontier Alaska, telling how two-wheeled adventurers rode in summer and winter, on local trips or journeying across the territory.

Special Feature in this issue: Gov. George Parks’ 1928 Airplane Tour of Alaska

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July-August, 2020

The July-August issue of Alaskan History Magazine, Volume 2, Number 4.


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Hudson Stuck’s Sled Bag

Ten Thousand Miles by Hudson StuckThe Episcopalian minister Hudson Stuck, known as the Archdeacon of the Yukon, published five books about his travels and adventures in Alaska, including Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled, published in 1914.

In that book the photograph below appears, and a sled bag can be seen hanging from the handlebars. That sled bag is on permanent display at the University of Alaska Museum of the North in Fairbanks.

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“Rough ice on the Yukon.”

The entire book is available to read online at Project Gutenberg, the photograph appears on page 335.

The catalog record for Hudson Stuck’s sled bag was shared with me by Patrick Dean, who is researching the history of the archdeacon’s life. That record includes a beautiful full-color image of the bag, along with details about it:

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Link to original. Photo credit: Barry J. McWayne, March 25, 2006.

07/28/04: Overall condition is good. Top of piece: Overall soiling, Decorated half – some stitches broken with beads missing, beads missing from edge, fading discoloration of yarn tassels, some tassels appear to be missing, Undecorated half – soiled, warble fly holes (near red cloth strip), fading and abrasion; Underside: some abrasions, stains (red, brown, black), general soil and grime.

culture of origin: Athabascan, Gwich’in [Angela Linn, 2020-06-19]

culture of use: non-Native 

description: Smoked moosehide; 52.7 cm (20 3/4″) x 47.6 cm (18 3/4″) widest point; heavy leather strap with metal buckle at top; front flap is 44.5 cm (17 1/2″) x 46.4 cm (18 1/4″); edged with red cotton material/white seed beads; beads on sides & bottom; some missing; inside of cloth edging is 2.54 cm (1″) strip of blue and white seed beads in triangle pattern; elaborate floral designs and large shield in center; has red cross with blue anchor on it. “HAEREO” at bottom of shield; 15 tassels of trade beads and wool around edge of flap; some missing. Carried on handlebars at back of sled.
materials: Moosehide, smoked Beads, glass Textile Metal
Used by Archdeacon Hudson Stuck (died 1920). Left at St. Stephan’s mission by Dr. Grafton Burke. There is a photograph showing this pouch in use on a sled in Stuck’s book (published 1914), Ten Thousand Miles With a Dogteam. *On perm. exhibit; Interior Gallery, beadwork. Removed from INT08, July 2004. *Selected for RBAAG. “HAEREO” is Latin and translates to “I Stick”, which was Hudson Stuck’s personal motto.

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