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May-June at issuu

M:J at issuuThe May-June 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 May-June issue, which carries no advertising in its 8.5” x 11” format, is an anthology of excerpts from books published by Northern Light Media, featuring a look at the construction of the Alaska Railroad; a 1918 trip by Margaret Murie, traveling the Fairbanks-to-Valdez Trail as a 16-year-old girl; Addison Powell’s 1902 adventures in the Copper River Valley, 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.

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The inaugural issue will be free to view by anyone; future issues will be available only to subscribers and anyone who purchases that print issue of the magazine. The July-August issue is currently in production. For more information and to subscribe or purchase a single issue (also available at Amazon), visit the Alaskan History Magazine website.

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In the Mail

20190505_192056The 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

20190505_192157A 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.

Alaskan History Magazine is active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; the website address is http://www.alaskan-history.com and the email address is alaskanhistory@gmail.com.

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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. 

 

No Advertising

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1938 Cream of Wheat ad

Alaskan History Magazine is ad-free, dependent on subscriptions and single issue orders, and now the Alaskan History Magazine website is ad-free as well! I believe in free enterprise, and advertising where appropriate, but I want to present the history of our great state in the best light possible, and I think that means no ads for cars or computers or candy bars or anything else.

That policy may change sometime in the future if I can’t make ends meet as a subscription-based publication, but for now I’m happy to present only the history – and speaking of history, check out these wonderful old ads from yesteryear!

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1909 print ad for train travel to the Far West and the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition at Seattle via the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. The May-June issue of Alaskan History Magazine includes an article on the A-Y-P Expo! 

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1943 ad for White Trucks in The Saturday Evening Post. White Trucks were among those used in construction of the Alaska Highway from Dawson Creek to Delta Junction. 

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1898 Ad for Mellin’s Baby Food, Alice Van Doren, of Juneau, Alaska. Founded in 1866, The formula was advertised with the slogan: “Mellin’s Food for Infants and Invalids: The only perfect substitute for Mother’s Milk.”

 

 

 

 

Full Color, Ad Free

Page 1There are hundreds of options to consider when starting a magazine, and among the most significant is the question of whether to produce a full color publication or some combination of color, two-tone, and/or black-and-white. The biggest factor involves pricing, the cost of printing directly affecting the price of an issue and therefore a subscription. There is also the important question of presentation, what the magazine will look like and how it will be perceived by its readership, reviewers, sponsors, and potential advertisers. Remaining competitive to similar magazines is important, both in pricing and in the quality of content and appearance, not only to attract readers but to also attract potential writers, who are the lifeblood of any publication. 

Page 26Another point worth consideration is a little more esoteric, and that is the respect earned and deserved by history itself. I like to think that as an amateur historian I have a very high regard, almost a reverence for history, and I want that to shine through the pages of Alaskan History Magazine. For that reason I have chosen the full color option, with an understanding that it brings a daunting cover price of $10.00 per issue if the magazine is to be profitable, and profit will be necessary to pay writers and, eventually, a small staff. 

I can ameliorate the per-issue cost by offering a discounted subscription price of $48.00, saving $12.00 over a year, but that is still steeper than I’d hoped for. So I’m offering a couple of compromises: A black and white printed edition will be available at around 50%, and an online version will be accessible for even less. I am also exploring less expensive options for printing and distribution. 

Page 40I understand that advertising is an important element for most publications, and while it would potentially provide the financing for lower cover pricing, it would add complications which I do not want to handle right now, so Alaskan History will be advertisement-free at this time.

For now I want to concentrate on creating the best magazine I can, and that means focusing on the history, the writers, editing, proofing, photographs, graphics, the website, social media and everything that will go into producing each issue. Once the production is running smoothly I may reconsider the advertising option, or, more likely, seek a different way to lower costs.