The January-February, 2020 issue of Alaskan History Magazine features a look at the history of Chilkoot Pass, the Davidson Ditch, author Ella Rhodes Higginson, the Tanana Chiefs Conference, Esther Birdsall Darling, Robert Service, and more. Also in this issue: Governors of Alaska 1867-1959, antique maps of Alaska, and classic books on Alaskan history, both old and new!
The March-April, 2020 issue of Alaskan History Magazine features the founding of Valdez, Eadweard Muybridge’s photographs of Alaska, disagreement over the geographic boundaries between Alaska and British Columbia, Dr. Gary Stein shares letters penned in 1894 by physician James Taylor White while serving as surgeon aboard the U.S. Revenue Cutter Bear, Dr. Thomas Eley writes of the adventurous Luther Sage “Yellowstone” Kelly, an Indian scout from the Old West whose wide travels in Alaska helped write our state’s history, and the 1,000 mile sled dog journey of Taku Lodge owner Mary Joyce, from Juneau to Fairbanks in the winter of 1936.
The May-June 2020 issue of Alaskan History Magazine feature article is about the 1935 government social experiment known as the Matanuska Colony Project, which brought 200 farm families to Palmer. Also included in this issue is a unique historic look at the 1918 influenza epidemic, the pioneering packhorse trip of the English journalist E. J. Glave and the cowboy trailblazer Jack Dalton, the story of the founder of the Kennecott Copper Company, the wide-ranging travels of Archdeacon Hudson Stuck, and the history of an unusual stone storehouse built in 1896 in Hyder, on the border of Alaska and Canada!
The July-August 2020 issue of Alaskan History Magazine features Septima M. Collis, author of A Woman’s Trip to Alaska; Gavriil Andreevich Sarychev, a Russian sea captain who mapped much of the Aleutians; Pioneer Farmers of the Matanuska Valley; the 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. Also 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; and Gov. George Parks’ 1928 Airplane Tour of Alaska
The Sept-Oct 2020 issue includes these articles: • 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
The Nov-Dec issue of Alaskan History Magazine includes a wide range of topics: Mottram Dulany Ball, a founding father of Alaska, and de facto governor of the territory; Alexander Hunter Murray, who built the stockaded fort and Hudson’s Bay trading post at Fort Yukon; the Episcopal Church which brought medical services and other comforts to Iditarod and Flat City; the Silent City, a mirage above the Muir Glacier; and Nellie Cashman, the “Miner’s Angel,” who earned the respect of miners from Arizona to Alaska. Also Rand McNally’s 1922 guide on how to hire, drive, and care for an Alaskan dogteam, and The First American Musher in Alaska, by Thom Swan: Robert Kennicott was the first known American to travel via dogteam in Alaska.