A painting by James A. Mitchell III depicting the U.S. Revenue Cutter Bear, around 1890, patrolling off the coast of Alaska. Image courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard.
The promise of an open Northwest Passage for shipping has fascinated mariners for hundreds of years. One 1845 arctic expedition investigating the route ended in tragedy for Sir John Franklin and the crews of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror. Parks Canada is searching for Franklin ships lost in the historic mission. 2013 marks the fifth […]
The heath and sustainability of fish stocks has played a major role in the history of Alaska and explains its need to become a state fifty years ago. Harvest of salmon, pollock, halibut and crab has formed the underpinning of the Alaskan economy and sustaining Alaska’s fisheries is of vital interest to state residents. Alaska […]
The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced its list of America’s eleven most endangered historic places and the Kake Cannery in Alaska was included in the list. This list is published by the Trust to spotlight important examples of our national heritage that are at risk of destruction. Kake Cannery held a significant role in […]
Kennecott is a historic mining town tucked away in a corner of the great Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Built to claim a truly huge and rich copper deposit in some of the wildest terrain of Alaska, much of this mining town remains in place. Congress designated Kennecott as a National Historic Landmark in […]
The north has captured the public imagination for generations. Stories of the search for the North Pole, the Northwest Passage and a land of everlasting ice are nearly the stuff of myths. Regardless of deniers, the Arctic is changing because of changing climatic conditions and ready access to the region increases annually. The future history […]