alaska history

A building used for fox farming, a unique industry in Kasilof between 1920 and 1940, on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Kasilof, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kasilof Historical Museum open one last weekend before end of season

In Kasilof, everything revolves around the river. A visit to the Kasilof Historical Museum shows that it’s been that way for thousands of years. From… Continue reading

 

“Writing desk corner – south-east / Father asleep on couch” circa 1898-1900. This room was probably on the second floor of the two-story Brackett’s Trading Post, otherwise known as the “Mansion House,” located on the northwest corner of 3rd Avenue and Main Street in Skagway. (Courtesy Photo | National Park Service, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Brackett Family Collection, BRSGY049, KLGO BI-45-5246)

Historic collection shows history of Southeast Alaska during Gold Rush

I have mentioned before how history sometimes seems to fall into our respective laps completely out of the blue. This was certainly the case a… Continue reading

 

2017 Kenai Peninsula History Conference releases book with presentations, stories, pictures and more

Last spring, local historians organized a history conference to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the U.S. purchase of Alaska from Russia. Conference speakers and panelists… Continue reading

 

100 years ago, Spanish flu devastated Alaska Native villages

At the dawn of the 20th century, 15 people lived in the village of Point Possession on the northern tip of the Kenai Peninsula, according… Continue reading

Dr. Alan Boraas, professor of anthropology at Kenai Peninsula College, leads a tour of Kalifornsky Villagein May 2015. The Native settlement was abandoned in the 1920s but is still home to a rich cultural history. (Photo courtesy of Jenny Neyman/Redoubt Reporter)

100 years ago, Spanish flu devastated Alaska Native villages

At the dawn of the 20th century, 15 people lived in the village of Point Possession on the northern tip of the Kenai Peninsula, according… Continue reading

Dr. Alan Boraas, professor of anthropology at Kenai Peninsula College, leads a tour of Kalifornsky Villagein May 2015. The Native settlement was abandoned in the 1920s but is still home to a rich cultural history. (Photo courtesy of Jenny Neyman/Redoubt Reporter)

Book documents former fisherman’s decades on Cook Inlet

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to show that Jackie Pels will speak at the Kenai Historical Society's meeting at 1 p.m. Every place… Continue reading

Visiting author looks at Alaska-Russian relations

Central Kenai Peninsula residents may not be able to see Russia from their homes, but on Thursday they’ll have a chance to see and hear… Continue reading

Oil workers celebrate 60 years of Swanson River

Editor's note: This story has been changed to correct the name of Bobbi O'Neill, originally referred to by her maiden name of Burns. Three generations… Continue reading

Kenai Peninsula Historical Conference sheds light on Russian, Native history

Like the history it examined, the weekend’s history conference at Kenai Peninsula College was many things to many people. For Michael Skinner, who gives summer… Continue reading

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