Seward’s Day

Yesterday marked a statewide holiday throughout Alaska, one that is observed on the fourth Monday of each March. Each year, the state of Alaska observes Seward’s Day on behalf of William H. Seward, Abraham Lincoln’s secretary of state and individual who orchestrated the purchase of the Alaska territory from Russia. At the time, the moveContinue reading “Seward’s Day”

Shout-out in The Snowshoe!

Greetings, all! This week, out our very own Project Coordinator Janey is featured in an interview on the Nortwest Territories Library Association (NWTLA) newsletter, The Snowshoe! You can read the entire interview here: https://nwtlibraryassociation.wordpress.com/2019/03/18/meet-janey-thompson/ Big thanks to the Northwest Territories Library Association for this great opportunity to learn a bit more about Janey and toContinue reading “Shout-out in The Snowshoe!”

Mush! A Look at Sled Dog Racing in Alaska’s Historical Newspapers

Greetings, all! Yesterday, musher Pete KaiserĀ of Bethel, Alaska won the 2019 Iditarod, with his dog team reaching Nome in 9 days, 12 hours, 39 minutes and 6 seconds. This was his 10th attempt, and is the 5th Alaska Native and very first Yupik musher to win the Iditarod, with last year’s winner, Norwegian musher JoarContinue reading “Mush! A Look at Sled Dog Racing in Alaska’s Historical Newspapers”

International Women’s Day

Today marks International Women’s Day, and an opportunity to shed light on the representation of women in Alaska’s historical newspapers, focusing primarily on women’s suffrage and the Alaska Native Sisterhood. Alaska’s territorial government granted women the right to vote in 1913, a full seven years before the 19th Amendment was ratified. This right to voteContinue reading “International Women’s Day”