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May 14, 2021

Hello Friends, 

Pre-ordering for the print magazine is in place! The July-August issue of Alaskan History Magazine will be mailed June 15 for delivery near July 1st. This issue has a new cover design, a few changes inside, and the following articles already in place: 

• Alaska Nellie – Peerless Alaska Railroad Hostess - Alaska Nellie was one of the territory’s most colorful and beloved personalities, a larger-than-life adventuress whose exploits would easily fill a number of exciting books, beginning with her own autobiography.

• Jujiro Wada - The Samurai Musher - There are many strange and unusual stories in the annals of northern travel, but one of the most fascinating concerns an enigmatic Japanese explorer and adventurer named Jujiro Wada. 

• USGS Topographer-in-Charge – R. Harvey Sargent - “Topographer-in-charge involved making surveys in the field, preparing them for publication, supervision of special maps in the office, and following them through reproduction.” 

Click below to pre-order the July-Aug issue, sent postpaid via first class on June 15. 

Pre-Order July-Aug


The May-June issue includes articles about Knik (emailed to this week’s paid subscribers), Alaskan Villlages in 1937, the Reverend Samuel Hall Young, Historic Alaskan Hot Springs, Hotel Holman / Blix’s Roadhouse, Trading Cards for Captain Cook’s Third Voyage, and 1923 Alaska Railroad’s Great Circle Tour Lantern Slides. Click below to order the May-June issue:

Order May-June


The March-April , 2021 articles include the history St. Michael, Malemute Joe Henderson, the Alaska Central Railroad, the Klondike in 1899; the story of murdered miners in the gold fields west of Talkeetna, Alaska’s first postal inspector, and vintage sled dog postcards.

Order March-April


A valuable research tool for historians is old obituaries, and this website gathers thousands of brief but often very informative obits from Alaska Magazine’s long-running End of the Trail feature into a searchable database:

End of the Trail



National Park Service Archives:

Historical Documents eLibrary (Reports/Studies)

Alaska Listings

Another valuable tool for historians and other people!


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~ A free subscription - the version you’re reading now - includes at least one weekly update, news of issue contents, articles and photos from the archives, occasional articles and excerpts from the current issue, and access to the first two years of archived back issues (2019-2020).

~ A paid subscription ($5/month or $40/year) brings all of the updates, all of the articles from the print magazine (posted one or two per week), commenting and discussion of posts, and access to the complete archives through the current issue. Both versions include free weekly book excerpts. 


Check out the website for back issue archives!

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