Highlights from the Alaska Historical Society’s annual conference in Nome- Including a peek inside the offices of the Nome Nugget!

Nome Alaska

Greetings! We have recently returned from the Alaska Historical Society’s annual conference in held in Nome, Alaska, between September 12-15.

While in Nome, the Society held the opening reception, presentations, lectures, and poster sessions throughout Old St. Joe’s community meeting room, the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum, and the Northwest Campus of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

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Nome, Alaska at dusk.
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Anvil City Square featuring Old St. Joe’s meeting center in the background and a statue of two Inupiaq men and a dog.
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Interior of Old St. Joe’s during the State of the State luncheon.
Exterior of the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum, the Kegoayah Kozga Public Library, and the Katirvik Cultural Center.
Museum exhibit
From the Museum exhibit on the history of the Nome Nugget.
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One of many presentations at the Alaska Historical Society’s annual conference.
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Conference attendees.

During this conference, we presented a poster that outlined preservation and accessibility progress made on the Nome Nugget, Alaska’s oldest newspaper.

Nome Nugget Poster

The Alaska Historical Society awarded the Alaska State Library, Archives and Museum the Barbara S. Smith Pathfinder Award for the Alaska Newspaper Digitization Project. The Society recognized our efforts in making historic Alaska newspapers available online and text-searchable through Chronicling America.

NDNP award

During the conference, we had the opportunity to visit Nome Nugget headquarters, which houses daily operations and bound volumes of the paper dating back to 1934. Editor and Publisher Diana Haeker, who took over after Nancy Mcguire’s recent passing and her partner, reporter Nils Hahn, provided a tour of the historic building and antique press equipment (they still have original typesetting and lithographs!).

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Janey Thompson and Anastasia Tarmann in front of the original offices of the Nome Nugget.
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Diana Haeker and Nils Hahn in front of a shelf of bound volumes of the Nome Nugget.
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Drafting table with drawers of letters for type setting.
Woodblock print illustration
Woodblock lithograph.
Contact Sheet
Diana holding a contact sheet printed on stainless steel.

We felt so honored to have been invited to tour the offices of Alaska’s oldest newspaper. Having inputted metadata for hundreds of issues of the Nome Nugget, I experienced a sense of awe visiting the very same offices in which reporters and editors composed those very issues.


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Myself, Anastasia, Nils, and Diana.

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