Hello! My name is Helen Hegener, and through my Alaskan multi-media company, Northern Light Media, I’ve published several nonfiction books about the history of Alaska and exciting sled dog races such as the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest. My titles currently in print include The Alaska Railroad 1902-1923, Alaskan Sled Dog Tales, Alaskan Roadhouses, The First Iditarod, The Yukon Quest Trail, Long Hard Trails and Sled Dog Tales, The All Alaska Sweepstakes, The Stained Glass Dogteam, The Matanuska Colony Barns, A Mighty Nice Place, and The Beautiful Matanuska Valley
All of my books are available on this site, at Amazon, CreateSpace, and through your local independent bookstores.
Over the past several years I have given presentations about the subjects of my books at the Alaska State Fair, the Palmer Historical Society, the Talkeetna Roadhouse, radio, television, and many other venues. I have also written articles for Alaska Magazine, Last Frontier Magazine, Mushing Magazine, and many others, and I created the Team & Trail mushing news column for Alaska Dispatch in 2008 (still running).
In 2008 my Northern Light Media company produced a documentary DVD, Appetite & Attitude, about four-time Iditarod & Yukon Quest Champion Lance Mackey. The video, which traces Lance’s racing history through the winter of 2007-08, garnered favorable reviews from the Fairbanks Film Festival and is still available at this site and via Amazon.
I’ve volunteered for several sled dog races, including the Yukon Quest, the Northern Lights 300, and the Copper Basin 300, and I have designed and managed the websites for the Northern Lights 300, Top of the World 350, and Copper Basin 300. I also organized and sponsored two delightful Mushing History Conferences, in 2009 and 2010, which drew presenters and attendees from across Alaska and Canada to learn more about the colorful history of mushing from some of the most respected mushers, historians, researchers, documentarians, and authors. Someday, given the resources, I would like to produce another Mushing History Conference and gather these friends and associates together again.