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!”

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!”

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”

Alaska Folk Festival: Researching its Origins and History

Greetings, all! The Alaska Folk Festival is currently underway here in Juneau from April 8-14 at Centennial Hall. 2019 marks its 45th year, and to celebrate, we’ll take a look back at the first few years as covered in local news at the time. There is precious little information about the inaugural Folk Fest. TheContinue reading “Alaska Folk Festival: Researching its Origins and History”

Nome Nugget Digitization: Update

Hello friends, Do you ever feel like sometimes things sometimes just don’t go right? Or that they take much longer than they should, and it’s a process of one step forward and two steps back? The ongoing re-shooting of the bound volumes of the Nome Nugget on the Bookeye scanner sure feels that way. JustContinue reading “Nome Nugget Digitization: Update”

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”