How Hudson Stuck's Ascent of Denali Boosted Recognition of Indigenous Alaskans
by Patrick Dean
Hudson Stuck came to America from England in 1885 and lived a life that echoed the era's adventure books, with one important twist. He leveraged his fame from summitting North America's highest peak to advocate for the rights of native Alaskans, beginning with insisting that the mountain he climbed be known by its indigenous name, Denali.
Big Alex McKenzie and the Last Great Fraud of the Gilded Age
by Paul Starobin
Alexander McKenzie’s plot to corner Alaska’s gold proved to be the last great swindle of the original gilded age, as this seamy chapter in our national life gave way to what become known as the Progressive Era.
In the Bones of a Buried Child, Signs of a Massive Human Migration to the Americas
The second-oldest human genome ever found in North America, it sheds new light on how people — among them the ancestors of living Native Americans — first arrived in the Western Hemisphere.
150 Years After Sale of Alaska, Some Russians Have Second Thoughts
The 150th anniversary of Russia’s sale of Alaska to the United States was a day of mourning for some hard-right Russian nationalists who see the transaction as a gigantic blunder by the ailing czarist empire.
The Two Anniversaries that Everybody’s Forgotten
by Adam Burns
They both happened this month. And they were an imperialist’s dream.
SOURCE: The Washington Post
The fascinating (and scenic) history of presidential visits to Alaska
For nearly a century, Alaska has served as mainly a toe-touch state for presidents. Next week, President Obama will change all that.
SOURCE: Live Science
Evidence of Pre-Columbus Trade Found in Alaska House
Bronze artifacts discovered in a 1,000-year-old house in Alaska suggest trade was occurring between East Asia and the New World centuries before the voyages of Columbus.
SOURCE: National Geographic
Children’s Grave Offers Insight Into Earliest Americans
In an ancient burial site in Alaska, researchers find hints of cultural links between the New World and eastern Asia.
Prolific Alaskan Historian, Author, UAF Professor Claus-M. Naske Passes at Age 78
Naske wrote or co-authored a dozen books about Alaskan history.
SOURCE: Alaska Dispatch
Why do so few remember biggest disaster in Alaska history?
The SS Princess Sophia disaster killed 343 people.
As glacier melts, secrets of lost military plane revealed
(Reuters) - An Alaska glacier is exposing remains from a military air tragedy six decades later.Relics from an Air Force cargo plane that slammed into a mountain in November 1952, killing all 52 servicemen on board, first emerged last summer on Colony Glacier, about 50 miles east of Anchorage.That discovery, by Alaska National Guard crews flying training missions out of Anchorage, put into motion a sophisticated recovery program carried out by the Hawaii-based Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command.After last year's initial work - when nearly everything that rose to the glacier's surface was picked up - the JPAC team came back this summer to collect additional relics pushed out of the ice since then.
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