New Titles Online!

Although Covid has slowed down some of our work on the Alaska Digital Newspaper Project, it hasn’t stopped it! As part of our 2018-2020 cycle with the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, we have uploaded over 35,000 pages to Chronicling America from the following newspapers: The New Native (Hydaburg, Alaska)Continue reading “New Titles Online!”

Voting Rights in Alaska

Last month, this country marked the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which granted women across the nation the right to vote. While some states had already passed laws granting partial or total suffrage to women, this amendment applied to every state. Alaska had already passed a women’s suffrage law back in 1913, earning praiseContinue reading “Voting Rights in Alaska”

Arctic Explorers in Alaska

When the expeditions of Frederick Cook in 1908 and Robert Peary in 1909 reached the North Pole, it might have seemed like the era of expedition to the top of the world was at an end, but in fact it was only beginning. While the world was engrossed by Charles Lindbergh’s flight across the AtlanticContinue reading “Arctic Explorers in Alaska”

Different Outbreaks but Familiar Threats for Alaskan Natives

IN 1912 the Assistant Surgeon General of Alaska, R.A. Kearney, wrote that “Unless some ways are used to check tuberculosis among the native Indians of Alaska the race will become extinct there in sixty or seventy years.” In 1918 the threat from Tuberculosis was still critical, indicated by a front page article in The CordovaContinue reading “Different Outbreaks but Familiar Threats for Alaskan Natives”

Nome Nugget Digitization- All Done!

Exciting news, all! For the past two years, our team at the Alaska State Library has been re-shooting bound volumes of the Nome Nugget to include on Chronicling America. The process has had its share of difficulties, but I’m pleased to announced that we have finished filming the Nome Nugget from 1911-1917 to replace currentContinue reading “Nome Nugget Digitization- All Done!”

A Look at the Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska’s Historic Newspapers

June 26th is Canoe Day, a time when many of us head to a lake or a beach and soak up the sun during the afterglow of the Summer solstice. Recently, I paid a visit to one of my favorite places in Juneau, the iconic Mendenhall Glacier. This time, I kayaked across Lake Mendenhall toContinue reading “A Look at the Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska’s Historic Newspapers”

The Mighty Musk Ox: A Celebration of Alaska’s Prehistoric Megafauna

Quick question: what Alaskan animal from the Pleistocene era has the softest hair? The answer may surprise you, but it’s none other than the humble musk ox. This iconic animal left over from the ice age provides qiviut, or a downy undercoat, that is knitted into warm weather clothing, without the itchiness of sheep’s wool.Continue reading “The Mighty Musk Ox: A Celebration of Alaska’s Prehistoric Megafauna”

Play Ball!

Greetings from Anchorage, readers! While baseball season is well underway in the Lower 48, with March 28 marking Major League Baseball’s Opening Day, June 6 marked opening day of the Alaska Baseball League. The Alaska Baseball League has a rich history: 1906 saw the first annual Midnight Sun Baseball Game, held on the summer solstice beginning atContinue reading “Play Ball!”

R.I.P “Dart Raven” (or, why the Migratory Bird Act still matters)

Hello readers, Over the past few months, downtown Juneau has hosted a peculiar specimen of animal cruelty: an adult raven with a blow dart in its head, still alive. Efforts to catch the raven and remove the dart have failed, as it has (understandably) avoided capture. In the interest of the bird’s health, and toContinue reading “R.I.P “Dart Raven” (or, why the Migratory Bird Act still matters)”

15 Million Pages- And Counting!

  Hello All, Great news! Chronicling America has just hit its 15 million page mark, which means even more pages of newspapers that have been fully digitized and text-searchable online. In the coming weeks, expect to see these titles appear on Chronicling America: Seward Gateway Daily Gateway Seward Daily Gateway Seward Weekly Gateway The SewardContinue reading “15 Million Pages- And Counting!”

Exploring Alaska’s Fossils

Hello Readers, To celebrate National Museums Day this Saturday, we’d like to bring special attention to  Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline, the Alaska State Museum’s summer exhibit as part of a traveling exhibit from the Anchorage Museum. Featuring illustrations by beloved Alaskan artist Ray Troll and bone fragments from long-extinct megafauna like woolly mammoths (Alaska’s official state fossil!)Continue reading “Exploring Alaska’s Fossils”

Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day! Carnations are said to represent a mother’s love, dating back to 1907 when Anna Jarvis (creator of Mother’s Day) selected white carnations as the symbol of the holiday, based on her own mother’s love of the flower. Over time, however, floral companies chose pink carnations as the Mother’s Day flower, and reservedContinue reading “Mother’s Day”