Update: January 22, 2021

Getting up to speed

Hello newsletter subscribers, 

I have been working to get my ducks in order for the public release of this SubStack newsletter; up to this point it has been only sent to charter subscribers and a handful of public subscribers, and the posts have been intermittent, not sent according to the stated schedule. That will change now, and to remind everyone, subscribers can expect an email at least twice weekly, usually on Mondays and Thursdays, but sometimes on other days, especially if there’s something interesting to share. Some emails—like this one—will be newsy updates, while others, like the email from January 10th on the Copper River & Northwestern Railroad Steamships, will be articles and photos from the magazine, both current and past issues. Occasionally emails will be from one of my Northern Light Media websites; of which there are now over a dozen, mostly relating to my books on Alaskan history. 

I have also been working on the March-April issue of Alaskan History Magazine, and there’s a great lineup of articles in this next issue! Here’s what’s coming March 1st:

Articles include: 

•  St. Michael

•  Malamute Joe Henderson: In the Tracks of Leffingwell

•  John E. Ballaine and the Alaska Central Railway

•  May Kellogg Sullivan: A Woman Who Went to Alaska

•  The 1939 Cache Creek Murders

•  John P. Clum, U. S. Postal Inspector

• Vintage Dogteam Postcards

This issue can be pre-ordered here and will be mailed February 15th for delivery on or near March 1st. Details on the articles in next week’s newsletter.

I am getting closer to a workable solution for returning to subscriptions; but for now the issues will remain available only on a per-issue basis from Northern Light Media, from Amazon, or from your favorite book source (if your local or online bookstore cannot find the magazine just let me know). 


The Jan-Feb issue of Alaskan History Magazine is available at this link and 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.


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• Digital Editions: The first two years of Alaskan History Magazine are available to read free online at issuu.com, the premier digitial publication website. 

• Back Issues: Print back issues of Alaskan History Magazine are always available, see the Northern Light Media website for information about ordering back issues. Every issue is 48 pages, full color, and contains no advertising. Independently published in Alaska by Northern Light Media.