The May-June issue of Alaskan History Magazine is in the mail and should be delivered this week to subscribers and anyone who ordered a single issue. If you have ordered an issue or paid for a subscription, and don’t receive your issue by May 10th, please let me know. If you haven’t subscribed or ordered yours yet, you can do so at the Alaskan History Magazine website or send a check or money order to:
Alaskan History Magazine
PO Box 870515
Wasilla, Alaska 99687-0515
A single issue of Alaskan History Magazine is 10.00, a one-year subscription (6 issues) is $48.00 (save $12.00), prices are postage paid to U. S. addresses. Issues will be available soon at Amazon for foreign orders, postage dependent on delivery destination. A digital edition will soon be available free to all subscribers.
The 48-page May-June issue, which carries no advertising in its 8.5” x 11” format, features a look at the construction of the Alaska Railroad, with historic photos of bridges halfway built, a narrow trail above Turnagain Arm which would become the rail roadbed, and Anchorage as a city of white tents along Ship Creek. From driving the first spike at Ship Creek to President Harding driving the final spike at Nenana, the story unfolds across 21 years of construction, from 1902 to 1923.
Also featured in the May-June issue is a tale about Margaret Murie, who would become the “Grandmother of America’s conservation movement,” traveling the Valdez to Fairbanks Trail as a 16-year-old girl. Early Alaskan explorer and scout Addison Powell tells of adventures in the Copper River Valley in 1902, and other articles include the great All Alaska Sweepstakes sled dog race, the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle, and the 1935 Matanuska Colony barns. Shorter articles include a photo-feature of snowshoes, a look at a few Alaskan photographers, and brief reviews of a half-dozen classic books on Alaska.
The new magazine is published by Northern Light Media and edited by Alaskan author Helen Hegener, whose books include Alaskan Roadhouses, The First Iditarod, Alaska & the Klondike, “A Mighty Nice Place:” The 1935 Matanuska Colony Project, The Alaska Railroad 1902-1923, The Beautiful Matanuska Valley, and many others. The inaugural issue of the magazine is an anthology of excerpts from her books; future issues will include a wide variety of writers and new features.