May 22, 2009

Likeable links...

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The Skaguay News, December 31, 1897

A very nice link on the main website is Alaska's Gold an educational site developed through a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission by the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums for teachers to aid in talking about the Klondike gold rush.

This website is designed to provide students and other learners with a unique way to understand Alaska's history and people. Website visitors will use historic primary source material from the Alaska Gold Rush period of 1880-1915 to explore untold stories and facts that broaden the history taught in textbooks and schools. The LET'S EXPLORE activities are organized around compelling questions in five Alaska Gold Rush Themes: The Discovery of Gold, Getting to the Gold Fields, Gold Mining, Daily Life and Our Legacy. A Teacher Guide provides additional information about the Let's Explore activities for classroom use.

Although it may not look like there is not much to see at first glance, don't be fooled. Take some time to explore and you will surely come across some very interesting information and historical documents and photographs. Be sure to click every link inside the site as each holds something of interest. The image archives in "Alaska Gold Lode" page holds all the photographs of artifacts, including a complete issue of the Skaguay News.

The Soap Gang being deported from Skagway, Alaska
after the death of Soapy Smith

Naturally, I would not be advertising a link here if there was nothing in it about Soapy. The page, "Soapy Smith and Other Bad Guys," is not the most exciting page on the site but the important fact is that he is noted as an important entity in the history of Alaska and the Klondike gold rush.

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