Our publications detail the rich history of the region.
The Gastineau Channel Historical Society promotes the study of the Gastineau Channel area and has produced a number of books on varying subjects. Our books are available at finer Alaska bookstores, museum shops, and gift shops. Available online at wildspruceartworks.com.
Wholesale inquiries regarding our publications should be made to Wild Spruce Artworks at wildspruceartworks.com or 907-315-3151
NAMES ON THE CHART
By R.N. DeArmond
Names on the Chart is a handy, compact reference for anyone navigating the waters of Southeast Alaska. Originally written by renowned Alaskan historian, R.N. DeArmond and last revised in 1995, this new third edition features more than 400 placenames of prominent features, including manned lighthouse sites
historical notes about the names and the namers, larger type face with a lay-flat spiral binding.
Proceeds of the sale of this revised edition support the Gastineau Channel Historical Society and their work in providing publications that educate readers about the historical record of Juneau, Douglas, and the surrounding region.
Paperback, Wire-O Bound: 16.95
THE JUNEAU GOLD BELT
A HISTORY OF THE MINES AND MINERS
Earl RedmanThe Juneau Gold Belt is a comprehensive record of the fascinating mining history of the areas in and around Juneau, Alaska. From the A.J. to the Treadwell and the lesser-known areas in between, Earl Redman paints a detailed picture of mining life, expectations, disappointments, and tells the stories of the miners who lived it.
In 1984, Earl Redman took a job with the U.S. Bureau of Mines for the study of the mines and mineral deposits of the Juneau Mining District. For the next four years, he spent his time crawling in and out of every overgrown, mud-and-water-infested hole in the ground he could find. His tireless exploration and countless hours of research on the hundreds of old mine workings is reflected in this important contribution to the historical record of Juneau, Alaska.
Softcover 408 pp
HISTORICAL VIGNETTES OF JUNEAU, ALASKA
compiled by R.N. DeArmondThe Alaska Juneau Gold Mining Company Mill was constructed in 1916. The once mighty A.J. Mill, which is slowly disappearing from the mountainside above town, is one of the last physical vestiges of the gold mining heritage of Juneau.
Carefully preserved within these pages are another valuable form of OLD GOLD – a collection of historical vignettes compiled about those Juneau early days.
QUILTS OF ALASKA
A TEXTILE ALBUM OF THE LAST FRONTIERThe art and history of early quilts in Alaska are brought together in this beautifully illustrated full color publication. The five chapters were written by Alaskan scholars, historians and quiltmakers. Each chapter features quilts registered during the Alaska Quilt Survey project that spanned ten years and covered Nome to Ketchikan. How the quilts are intertwined with Alaska’s cultural and social history is explored against a backdrop of the boom and bust cycles of the 49th state. Stories of early quiltmakers who pioneered Alaska, and those who brought quilts as family heirlooms unfold with captivating detail. The development of quiltmaking on the Last Frontier, and its connection to quilting traditions of “Lower 48” states is compared. Cross-cultural influences shared between western quiltmakers and Native groups in Alaska is also examined. One chapter is dedicated to Native quiltmaking and includes the fascinating use of quilts in traditional Nelson Island Eskimo culture.
I REMEMBER TREADWELL
Charlotte L. Mahaffy
This book is Charlotte L. Mahaffy’s charming account of childhood in the town of Treadwell. Mahaffy was born in Juneau in 1903, and spent the next 14 years growing up in Treadwell until the 1917 cave-in forced the family to relocate. I Remember Treadwell details life outside the mines, in the community that sprang up around the largest mine in the world.
ALASKA SOUVENIR SPOONS & THE EARLY CURIO TRADE
June E. Hall
This rich full-color volume presents a fine history of the souvenir spoon craze and other curio collecting in the 19th century. Chapters include: early tourism development in Alaska, suppliers and jewelers who manufactured souvenir spoons & curios, the rise of Alaska Native craftsmen and women who made souvenir spoons and other curio items, Gold rush era and Alaska souvenir spoons are presented with examples of early silver and ivory and gold spoons. Illustrated with historical photos and literature, bibliography, and fully indexed.
IN THE MINER’S FOOTSTEPS
AN HISTORIC OVERVIEW AND GUIDE TO THE MINING TRAILS OF THE JUNEAU-DOUGLAS AREA
Written by Willette Janes
Published by the Gastineau Channel Historical SocietyHike into history with this trail guide as it takes you In the Miners’ Footsteps to a time when the Juneau-Douglas area was world-famous for its gold mining operations.