Thanksgiving Day: Rev. L. H. Pedersen Tells of Its Significance and Duties

Happy Thanksgiving from the AKDNP!  We’re thankful for the opportunity to make 100,000 pages of our historical newspapers accessible through the National Digital Newspaper Program and Chronicling America.

The following article titled “Thanksgiving Day, Rev. L.H. Pedersen Tells of Its Significance and Duties” was printed in the December 2, 1905 issue of the Seward Weekly Gateway.  In it Rev. Pedersen writes, “The best thing that hearts that are thankful can do Is this – to make thankful some other heart too.”  Here’s hoping our participation in NDNP is making all you researchers’ hearts thankful too!


“Thanksgiving Day, Rev. L. H. Pedersen Tells of Its Significance and Duties.”, The Seward weekly Gateway, December 2, 1905.



Opening Statements: The Daily Alaskan

The Opening Statement series features the foreword or introduction given by  editors or publishers in the first issue of the paper addressing its readers. 


The Morning Alaskan, February 1, 1898, Vol. 1, No. 1

Editor: O.W. Dunbar

“With this issue THE MORNING ALASKAN makes its debut before the citizens of Skaguay and the countless hordes of people who eagerly await any news pertaining to this city and the country beyond. But a few days a resident of Skaguay, and that time busily occupied, I have been unable to make the acquaintance of as many of the citizens as I would have wished, but through the MORNING ALASKAN I hope to become personally acquainted with all.  THE MORNING ALASKAN shall always be maintained as a bright, newsy sheet, with the interests of Skaguay and its enterprising citizens always uppermost in the editor’s mind.

O.W. Dunbar”

New Content: Batch II Live on ChronAm

The Alaska State Library is please to announce that the next batch of digitized historical Alaskan newspapers is now available online at!


New additions include:

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