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    We’ve had tough times before

    While I am dismayed at all the bad news out there, I try to keep things in perspective. We’ve had tough times before. This is from the Alaska Historical Society’s newsletter Alaska History News, Vol. 48, No. 2 Summer 2020:…

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    Seward, Alaska

    Last month, my husband and I celebrated our anniversary in Seward, Alaska. Let me tell you a little about this remarkable town. The Seward area of the Kenai Peninsula was originally frequented by the indigenous Alutiiq people as part of…

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    Alaska and the 4th of July

    This is a reprise from a 2013 post on this blog. Happy Independence Day! Historically, Alaskans are big on celebrating the 4th of July. Even before we became a state, territorial residents made a point of partying on Independence Day.…

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    The Anchorage Times

    On June 5, 1915, The Anchorage Times published its first issue. The newspaper was founded by Ted Needham and L. Frank Shaw as the Pioneer-News. The first headline story was “Status of the New Townsite.” (At the time, the town…

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    Joe Spenard, Anchorage Character

    Ever heard about the Spenard neighborhood in Anchorage and wondered about its namesake? Joe Spenard was one of our early characters. Joe Spenard was originally from Canada, and he and his wife Edith ran various businesses in Valdez before they…