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”

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)”

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”

Patsy Ann: Juneau’s Canine Mascot and Greeter of Boats

Hello all, It’s that time of year again! This week marks the start of cruise ship season in Alaska. Get used to seeing massive cruise ships in docks and harbors all along the Alaska coastline! Juneau saw its first ship this past Sunday, April 28, and we’re ready to greet more tourists and show the worldContinue reading “Patsy Ann: Juneau’s Canine Mascot and Greeter of Boats”

Earth Day: Remembering the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

Hello readers, This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, an environmental catastrophe that devastated the Prince William Sound. In honor of Earth Day, it’s fitting to look at news coverage of the spill that impacted the lives of countless Alaskans. Another oil spill prompted the very first Earth Day. InContinue reading “Earth Day: Remembering the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill”

Measles Outbreaks in Alaska’s Historic Newspapers

Dear readers, It’s hard to avoid the alarming reports of measles outbreaks in the United States and worldwide. Vaccines have been proven to prevent the spread of measles; the MMR (measles- mumps-rubella) vaccine, which needs to be administered twice to children, has an effectiveness rate of 97%. Thanks to an effective vaccination program, the Centers forContinue reading “Measles Outbreaks in Alaska’s Historic Newspapers”

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”

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

Greetings, all! Yesterday, musher Pete Kaiser 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”