Alaskan History Magazine’s Weekly Newsletter

The Free Version, April 2, 2021

Hello Friends, 

The May-June, 2021 issue of Alaskan History Magazine has been finalized, and will include the following articles:

• Knik – At one time the largest community on Cook Inlet, and being on the Iditarod Trail, Knik 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 that 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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Four articles from the March-April issue have been posted to the paid subscribers to this newsletter, including Thom Swan’s great article about Malemute Joe Henderson, who travels the Arctic with his beautiful dogteam, the history of the Bering Sea port of St. Michael, the 1936 story of four brutal murders in the Cache Creek Mining District near Talkeetna, and Alaska’s first postal inspector, John P. Clum. 

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• From the Archives: 

Judge James Wickersham’s Bibliography of Alaskan Literature

Wickersham’s 1927 book was heralded as “a notable event” which brought together more than ten thousand references to histories, travels, voyages, newspapers, periodicals and public documents. Perhaps the most interesting section of Wickersham’s book is the 17-part history of Alaska, beginning in 1724 with Peter the Great, who drew up plans for the Kamchatka Expedition, to determine the relationship between Asia and North America. The officer in charge of this expedition would be Captain Vitus Bering, for whom the Bering Sea is named. The entire article can be read online in our archives.

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