Gold Star Mothers, WWI, and Jim Crow

Cordova Daily Times, 5/10/1918 The term “Gold Star Mother” first originated around 1918. Families with soldiers serving in World War I hung service flags with a blue star from their windows. When someone serving had died then the blue star would be replaced with a gold star, and in 1928 the Gold Star Mothers organization …

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A missing totem pole in the golden age of Hollywood

Yachts historically were, and still are, a common sight in Juneau, but it's not often that they're carrying world-famous actors aboard. When the famed 20th century actor John Barrymore took his family on a yachting trip to Alaska and stopped in Juneau, the local press was thrilled. Barrymore made several trips to Alaska, and each …

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Japanese American Remembrance Day, February 19th

Tar paper barrack Minidoka, 2003. Kito Family. ASL-M286-7-9 Today marks Remembrance Day for approximately 120,000 Americans of Japanese Ancestry who were forcibly displaced and incarcerated in concentration camps during World War II. In the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor, unfortunately, anti-Japanese sentiment and jingoism, in the guise of military necessity, prevailed. President Franklin …

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Heading to the Polls in a Pandemic

If you voted in this latest election, then congratulations are in order, you participated in the democratic process during a global pandemic. A national election has not happened amidst an outbreak of this scale in over 100 years, not since the 1918 midterm elections. The elections of that year were held against the backdrop of …

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