Gastineau Channel

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:

The spring-summer issue of Gastineau Heritage News, the newsletter of the Gastineau Channel Historical Society, looks back at epic events that impacted the residents of Juneau in 1918. There was an outbreak of German measles in February followed by a diphtheria outbreak in March, the flu epidemic, a flood and landslide in September, the Spanish flu epidemic and the sinking of the Princess Sophia in October, and the end of World War I in November.

Wow, we’re not the only people who have had a horrific year. This gives me some comfort; if they could survive that, we can get through 2020. But we still have to responsibility to help ourselves and our neighbors. Hang in there, please stay home when you can, and wear your mask!

To join or learn more about the Alaska Historical Society, go to To get a copy of the Gastineau Heritage News, send $3.00 to the society at Box 21264, Juneau, AK 99801.

I love to share my passion for Alaska and its history in my writing for young adults and their grown ups.

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