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Digital Stories

oie_10223258xrmJMT1xThe digital magazine website Issuu provides a great tool for sharing the individual stories in issues of Alaskan History Magazine, and now there are at least two stories from every issue formatted for easy reading on any device and sharing with your friends, or through your favorite social media. Check them out here – just click on the box labeled ‘Show Stories Inside’ and the articles from every issue will appear!

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Pandemic

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Editorial from the May-June, 2020 issue:

We’ve been here before… The 1918-19 Influenza Pandemic

[This issue includes an article about the 1918-19 pandemic in Alaska, free to read online at the premier digital magazine site, Issuu]

The past few weeks have been unusual in our lifetime, but not unprecedented in the history of Alaska. As most are aware, we’ve been here before, if not literally, then certainly historically. The influenza pandemic of 1918-19 was utterly catastrophic, wiping out entire communities and leaving so many orphaned children that facilities were overrun and struggled to care for them all. The devastation was described by Eva Greenslit Anderson, Ph.D. in her book about the venerable Dr. Joseph Romig, titled Dog Team Doctor, published by Caxton Printers, Caldwell, Idaho, in 1940: 

“The fight at Bethel lasted all summer. During six weeks of germ warfare, there were seventy-two deaths at the mission alone. Everyone in all Alaska was sick, or so it seemed. A census taken soon after revealed that of the 3,500 who had lived in that section, 1,500 had died. Half of the natives on the lower Yukon passed out of the picture that summer, too. Tied to the mission by the specter that haunted the place, Dr. Romig was unable to travel down the river, so the lower Kuskokwim natives suffered most. In one village below Bethel, where before the epidemic this doctor had counted 121 natives, not twenty were left.” 

Alaska recovered from the 1918-19 pandemic, of course, and we will recover from this current scourge as well. But just as in the past, the disease will leave an indelible mark on us all. This time will become a reference point in our lives, just as other disasters, both natural and man-made, have assumed their unwelcome places on the ever-marching timeline of history. 

The May-June issue includes an article about the 1918-19 pandemic in Alaska, free to read online at the premier digital magazine site, Issuu:

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Free Digital Issues

seven-issuesWhen I started Alaskan History Magazine I thought it would be nice to offer a digital edition which could be read online or downloaded, because there are a few publications I enjoy reading in a digital format, and I thought it would be a nice added benefit to a subscription. And for the most part, it was. Then the pandemic hit, print subscriptions stopped, and with the loss of income which made print subscriptions too difficult to continue, I thought digital subscriptions might fill the void. It seemed like a reasonable assumption, and my early attempts were promising. But then I tried to make it work smoothly…. and it wouldn’t.

I am a writer, and a historian, and I have never been technologically-minded. I can hold my own most of the time, but I expect technology to work right, to do what I expect when I follow the instructions, and to be somewhat easy to figure out. Not simple, because life rarely is, but I don’t want to spend hours upon hours learning skills I will probably never use again just to get a bit of electronic data to cooperate and then find out that no matter what I do, it refuses to comply. My dad was a computer systems analyst, the guy they called when computers were acting wonky, and one of his favorite phrases was GIGO, Garbage In, Garbage Out. But what if you put the right stuff in and still get garbage, time after time after time? I would much rather spend that time researching history and writing about it than trying to finesse an answer out of tech support.

So, after more than a month of futzing with the technology, thinking I had it figured out and then being proven wrong again and again, I give up. I have removed the paywall from the magazine at Issuu, and all of the issues are available to read there free. I don’t know if this is a wise move or not, but it makes the most sense to me right now. Enjoy the digital magazine, buy a print copy or two if you want to, and rest assured that I will be happy just to get back to my research and writing!

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Midsummer Update

May-June 2020 coverThe May-June issue of Alaskan History Magazine finally shipped to subscribers last week, several weeks late due to the coronavirus, but my goal was to prevent a lapse in issue numbers which might cause confusion later. Having published another magazine long before this one, I know the importance of maintaining volume and number sequences when back issues are available. (Have you ever tried to find the Traveling Wilburys second album?)

J-A 2020The May-June issue was not only late in delivery from the printer, but then it was late being delivered by the post office, which threw my schedule for the digital issue off. I’d planned on releasing the issue digitally on July 25th, but because the issues were not mailed until the 24th I have rescheduled the May-June digital edition for July 30th, and the July-August digital edition will be released on August 10th. The September-October digital issue will be uploaded on September 1st and the November-December issue November 1st. (Still with me?)

There will be some changes to the magazine beginning with the July-August issue – check out the new cover – but it will still be 48 pages, full color, ad-free, and available in print for $12.00 (postage paid) from this website, my Northern Light Media website, or Amazon. I will accept advance orders for the print edition of the July-August issue, more on that later.

Thanks for reading!

Helen

To Stay the Course

supposing a treeThe Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines ‘stay the course’ as “to continue with a process, effort, etc., even though it is difficult. ” 

Wikipedia: “”Stay the course” is a phrase used in the context of a war or battle meaning to pursue a goal regardless of any obstacles or criticism.”

The Free Dictionary: “To persevere with as much determination, energy, or fortitude as one can….”

When the Covid-19 pandemic unceremoniously and without warning stopped all subscriptions and single issue orders to Alaskan History Magazine, I was certain there was no way I could continue publishing. With zero income, it would be impossible to print issues and buy postage for mailing. It took a few weeks of considering the situation and weighing my options, but I think I’ve found a workable solution: Digital magazines.

Alaskan History Magazine has been digital from the beginning; the first three issues were uploaded to issuu and are still available there to read free. The subsequent issues are available for $2.50 each, or $12.00 for an annual subscription. I will be focusing on how to utilize the digital publishing platform issuu to the best advantage, and to provide for downloading, sharing, and optimizing the digital magazine, online and offline.

May-June 2020 coverWith the singular exception of libraries, printed copies of the magazine will no longer be available by subscription, but they can still be ordered as single issues; more on that later. The long-awaited May-June issue will be in the mail by July 20th, several weeks late but hopefully worth the delay. It will be the final issue mailed to subscribers, and a letter will be included offering options for ending the current subscriptions.

I will be uploading the May-June magazine to the issuu website on July 25th, after the print version has reached subscribers, and I will upload the July-August issue on August 1st. After that each issue will be back on schedule to upload bimonthly, i.e., on September 1st, November 1st, January 1st, etc.

I hope this new publishing plan will prove workable and allow Alaskan History Magazine to continue providing outstanding articles, photographs, and other content on the north country for many years to come.

Helen

 

 

Digital Editions

Digital sub formDigital subscriptions to Alaskan History Magazine are available at Issuu, the digital magazine electronic publishing platform which was named one of Time magazine’s 50 Best Websites.

Single issues are $2.50, a digital subscription is $12.00 for one year (6 issues). All digital issues are free to print subscribers (contact for access code).

The first three issues of Alaskan History Magazine are available to read online, download, or share via email, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. The first three digital issues are free to view; issues after Sept-Oct, 2019 are available only to print or digital subscribers, and those who purchase the digital or corresponding print issue of the magazine.

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More Classic Alaskan Books

The books section of the July-August, 2019 issue:

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The entire July-August issue can be read online free at the issuu digital publication site. The May-June and Sept-Oct issues are also available at issuu.

 


 

Website Redesign

Screen Shot 2019-11-24 at 1.16.45 AMA completely different website layout for Alaskan History Magazine gives articles from each issue the entire screen rather than sharing the screen with the large sidebar on the previous rendition of the site. The menu at the top of each page now becomes the primary tool for navigating around the site’s features.

The posts are gathered under the Archives heading, and a later editing will make that easier to negotiate with dates and short descriptions of each linked post.

Screen Shot 2019-11-24 at 1.18.04 AMThe About heading drops down a menu which includes the FAQ, or Frequently Asked Questions; the social media links to our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts; Writer’s Guidelines, the history Timeline, and the Index to the first four issues.

Under Ordering you’ll find the links to Ordering from PayPal (and with credit cards, checks, or money orders), Ordering at Amazon, Back issues, Digital issues to read online, and a downloadable full color brochure for the magazine.

I hope this new format will make everything easier to navigate and enjoy!

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Sept-Oct Digital Edition

 

Screen Shot 2019-11-24 at 12.51.42 AMThe Sept-Oct issue of Alaskan History Magazine is available to read online, download, or share via email, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest at the digital magazine site issuu, an electronic publishing platform which was named one of Time magazine’s 50 Best Websites.

Screen Shot 2019-11-23 at 5.13.34 PMThe 48-page Sept-Oct issue, which carries no advertising in its 8.5” x 11” full-color format, features  the endearing sled dog artwork of Josephine Crumrine’s menu covers for The Alaska Steamship Company to the unprecedented luxury cruise of railroad magnate Edward H. Harriman and his carefully selected passenger list of scientists and artists. An excerpt from a book in progress by noted Alaskan author Tim Jones highlights the importance of a key player in Alaska’s history: the sea otter; and the featured article for this issue is the story of the SS Nenana, the Last Lady of the River, by Fairbanks writer and historian Patricia De Nardo Schmidt. Other articles in this third issue include the history of Alaska’s flag, and an excerpt from Josiah E. Spurr’s 1896 expedition to map and chart the interior of Alaska for the USGS. His unvarnished descriptions of the Birch Creek Mining District are among the first ever recorded. Wrapping up this issue are brief highlights from half a dozen classic books on Alaska’s history, a guide to some of the sources used in researching this issue, and a timeline.

Screen Shot 2019-11-24 at 12.52.11 AMTo help readers become familiar with the online format, the first three digital issues will be free to view by anyone. Digital issues after November 1, 2019 will be available only to subscribers and anyone who purchases the corresponding print issue of the magazine.

To read the first three issues of Alaskan History Magazine online at issuu, click here.

 

 

July-Aug Digital Issue

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The July-August issue of Alaskan History Magazine is available to read online, download, or share via email, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest at the digital magazine site issuu, an electronic publishing platform which was named one of Time magazine’s 50 Best Websites.

The 48-page July-August issue, which carries no advertising in its 8.5” x 11” full-color format, shares the history of the aviation pioneers known as bush pilots, from the first attempt to climb into Alaska’s skies in 1911 to 1935, when the future of flight in the Last Frontier was well-established and looking bright!

Jul-Aug coverOther articles in this issue explore Alaska’s first newspaper, The Esquimaux, which was published a little northwest of Nome; the Alaska Steamship Company, which became an Alaskan shipping monopoly; a 1916 horseback trip across the Kenai Peninsula by the dauntless world traveller Frank G. Carpenter; Alaska’s first commercially successful novelist, Barrett Willoughby, whose every book was about or set in Alaska, and two were made into movies; and an exciting childhood in the gold rush town of Nome by Irving Kenny, who saw it all first-hand. Wrapping up this issue are brief highlights about Alaska’s early missionaries, the ubiquitous white canvas tent, a half dozen classic books on Alaska’s history, and a guide to some of the sources and resources used in researching this issue.

To help readers become familiar with the online format, the first three digital issues will be free to view by anyone. Digital issues after November 1, 2019 will be available only to subscribers and anyone who purchases a print issue of the magazine. For more information and to subscribe or purchase a single issue (also available at Amazon), visit the Alaskan History Magazine ordering page.

To read the first two issues of Alaskan History Magazine online at issuu, click here.

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