Tricks and Treats, Pranks and Parties: Alaska Historical Newspapers Celebrate Halloween

Happy Halloween, everyone! On this Halloween, like many other holidays, it’s fun to ask: what did people do to celebrate one hundred (or so) years ago? I’d like to share a few findings from Alaska Historic Newspapers that demonstrate differences and similarities. Notable in news coverage is the association between specific vandalism involving the theftContinue reading “Tricks and Treats, Pranks and Parties: Alaska Historical Newspapers Celebrate Halloween”

Princess Sophia Shipwreck: 100 Years Later

On this day one century ago, amidst the Spanish Influenza and the final days of the First World War, a luxury steam ship called the S.S. Princess Sophia struck Vanderbilt Reef in the Lynn Canal off the coast of Juneau and sank, killing all 350 passengers aboard. Remembered today as the “Titanic of the North”,Continue reading “Princess Sophia Shipwreck: 100 Years Later”

Alaska Day

How does one acknowledge Alaska Day, a federal holiday to commemorate the transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States? The holiday traditionally celebrated the westward expansion of the United States as an extension of Manifest Destiny. For many, it is a day fraught with the unexplored legacy of colonialism, of sacred land loss,Continue reading “Alaska Day”

Indigenous People’s Day

Greetings all, Here in Alaska, today is recognized as Indigenous People’s Day.¬†What most of the country refers to as “Columbus Day” is an affront to the cultures that have shaped North America for thousands of years. One of the most difficult aspects of studying historical newspapers is the lack of representation these papers afforded, especiallyContinue reading “Indigenous People’s Day”

On the Road Again: Highlights from the Annual Meeting of the National Digital Newspaper Program

Greetings, all! Fresh from our trip to the Alaska Historical Society conference in Nome, This past week, Anastasia Tarmann and I have visited Washington, D.C. this past week on behalf of the National Digital Newspaper Program annual meeting. First stop was the National Endowment for the Humanities for the start of the conference, and toContinue reading “On the Road Again: Highlights from the Annual Meeting of the National Digital Newspaper Program”