Above: Downtown Fairbanks in the early days. (Photographer unknown)

We reproduce historical classics and also research newer histories such as Cold Missions: the U. S. Army Air Forces and Ladd Field in WWII and A History of Creamer’s Dairy, Fairbanks, Alaska.

Roshier H. Creecy. A Black Man’s Search for Freedom and Prosperity in the Koyukuk Gold Fields of Alaska

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Alaska in the Progressive Age


The growth of modern-day Alaska began with the Klondike gold discovery in 1896. Over the course of the next two decades, as prospectors, pioneers, and settlers rushed in, Alaska developed its agricultural and mineral resources, birthed a structure of highway and railroad transportation, and founded the Alaska cities we know today. All this activity occurred alongside the Progressive Age in American politics.

Alaska in the Progressive Age looks at how this national movement affected the Alaska territory. Though the reigning view is that Alaska was neglected and even abused by the federal government, Alton argues that from 1896 to 1916 the territory benefited richly in the age of Progressive Democracy. As the population of Alaska grew, Congress responded to the needs of the nation’s northern possession, giving the territory a delegate to Congress, a locally elected legislature, and ultimately in 1914, the federally funded Alaska Railroad.

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ak-pioneer-interiorsAlaska Pioneer Interiors

This collection of photographs of Alaska pioneer home interiors, assembled by historian Jane Haigh, is a great resource for those seeking to identify authentic furnishings or styles, or to recreate them for museums, theater sets, or private homes. Price: $16.95, includes shipping & handling.

catch-mooseFirst Catch Your Moose: The Fairbanks Cookbook

A reprint of the delightful 1909 cookbook, originally published by the Ladies of the Presbyterian Church, lists recipes with interesting substitutions for ingredients unavailable in the town’s early years. Provides a glimpse into the practical and elegant lives of early Fairbanksans. Price: $13.50, includes shipping & handling.

old-yukonOld Yukon Tales, Trails and Trials

In this edition (edited and abridged by Terrance Cole) this humorous and upbeat memoir of James Wickersham describes his career as a pioneer judge and later as a congressional representative assigned to a vast, snow-covered district, extending over 300,000 square miles in the undeveloped Alaska Territory. Wickersham’s many adventures include traveling hundreds of miles by dogsled and other conveyances, in all kinds of weather. Price: $39.95, includes shipping & handling,

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