News & Updates

February 18, 2021

“Who knows what Romance, what Adventure, what Love, is lurking around the next turn of the road, ready to leap out on us if only we’ll travel that far?” ~Jack London

Hello Newsletter Subscribers, 

The March-April issue of Alaskan History Magazine is in production and will be mailed soon, if you purchased a print copy watch for it to arrive around March 1st. If you haven’t ordered the hard copy yet, you can do so at this link, or you can subscribe to this newsletter’s full edition to receive all of the articles and photographs in March and April’s weekly emails. This week’s feature, from the Jan-Feb, 2021 issue, tells of the intrepid bull terrier Patsy Ann, the Official Greeter of Juneau, who faithfully met ships coming into Juneau’s docks for many years. 

Articles in the March-April issue include the history of the Bering Sea port of St. Michael; an introduction to Malemute Joe Henderson, the intrepid North Slope explorer; the story of John and Frank Ballaine and the Alaska Central Railroad, including the founding of the town of Seward; an excerpt from May Kellogg Sullivan’s book about visiting the Klondike in 1899; the story of four murdered miners in the gold fields west of Talkeetna; the history of Alaska’s first postal inspector, John P. Clum; and a look at vintage sled dog postcards. 

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Wells Fargo & Co. in Alaska - free to read in our archives

Wells Fargo & Company quickly gained a reputation for speed and reliablility and developed a far-flung network of connections. In March, 1911 a news release by the San Francisco Examiner detailed the contracts arranged with Alaskan transportation companies….

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Thanks for reading, see you next week!


Helen Hegener, publisher

Northern Light Media


February 20, 2021: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Helen Hegener (907) 521-5245

Alaskan History Magazine

Alaskan History Magazine is an independently produced magazine portraying the colorful and important past of the Last Frontier as an exciting journey of exploration, sharing stories of the people, places and events which shaped Alaska's history. 

The March-April, 2021 issue features articles about historic Bering Sea town of St. Michael; Malamute Joe Henderson: In the Tracks of Leffingwell; John E. Ballaine and the Alaska Central Railway; May Kellogg Sullivan, author of A Woman Who Went to Alaska; The 1939 Cache Creek Murders; U. S. Postal Inspector John P. Clum; and a collection of vintage dogteam postcards.

Alaskan History Magazine is printed in full color, with no advertising, and the 48-page issues are perfect-bound with sturdy covers for safekeeping. The managing editor is Alaskan author Helen Hegener, whose books include Alaskan Roadhouses, The Matanuska Colony Barns, The Alaska Railroad 1902-1923, The First Iditarod, The 1935 Matanuska Colony Project, The All Alaska Sweepstakes,Alaskan Sled Dog Tales, and many more. 

Published by Northern Light Media, Alaskan History Magazine is $12.00 per issue, postpaid to U.S. addresses only. For more information visit the website at or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Alaskan History Magazine, P.O. Box 870515, Wasilla, Alaska 99687. A free weekly newsletter is available at

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