January 7 Update

A bit about where things stand as we head into the new year

Hello newsletter subscribers, and friends interested in Alaskan History Magazine,

I have been very happy to see the positive support and encouragement for this newsletter, and I’m hoping it will serve to bridge the gap between bimonthly issues of the magazine as I work to regain a firm footing for the publication. At this time I have not found a workable solution for returning to subscriptions; the issues all remain available on a per-issue basis from my Northern Light Media, from Amazon, or from your favorite book source (if your local bookstore cannot find the magazine just let me know). 

The problem with subscriptions is not production or delivery, but cost. When I began publishing Alaskan History Magazine I thought a subscription price of $48 per year could work, but between printing, mailing, taxes and bank fees that did not cover my cost per issue. Mathematics is clearly not my forte. But I enjoy producing the magazine, and I’m working on a return to subscriptions.


The Jan-Feb issue of Alaskan History Magazine includes the following articles:

• CR&NWRR Steamboats on the Copper River 

Between 1907 and 1911 the Copper River and Northwestern Railway operated four 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

Issac Jones’ 1901 reconnaisance 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” • Gary C. Stein

Dr. James Taylor White wrote to six missions along a 500-mile stretch of the Yukon River: Russian Mission at the village of Ikogmiut; the missions of Holy Cross at Koserefsky and St. Peter Claver at Nulato; and the missions of Christ Church at Anvik, St. James at Tanana, and St. Andrews at Rampart. All of these were Athabascan Indian missions with the exception of Russian Mission, which was Central Yup’ik Eskimo. His letter included a questionnaire he had developed; thirty-one questions on a wide range of topics.

Beginning next week I will be sharing the articles from this issue in this newsletter, one article per newsletter, as seen in the back issue archives for this newsletter.


 • Digital Editions: The first two years of Alaskan History Magazine are available to read free online at issuu.com, the premier digitial publication website. I have had mixed reactions to issuu.com and have not uploaded the Jan-Feb issue of the magazine yet. If you have accessed the digital magazine at issuu and have thoughts or opinions about it to share, I would appreciate hearing from you as I work through this, my email address is helenhegener@gmail.com


• 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 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. Available from Northern Light Media via credit card or PayPal. Also available from Amazon or your favorite bookstore.


• Back Issues: Print back issues of Alaskan History Magazine are always available, see the Northern Light Media website for information about ordering issues you may be missing. Every issue is 48 pages, full color, and contains no advertising. Independently published in Alaska by Northern Light Media. FYI, all of the articles from the first two years are available to read in the archives for this newsletter!

• Social Media: Alaskan History Magazine is active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For information visit: www.alaskan-history.com

• Thanks for reading. Most newsletters will be more interesting than this one; with history and photos and the kind of good stuff you’ve come to expect from Alaskan History Magazine, but every once in a while one just needs to do a little housekeeping. Thanks for bearing with me!

Helen