Ordinary and Extraordinary Lives of Alaskan Women, 1880-1960


Women at Play


Too often women’s history is a history of work: we forget the role of leisure time activities. Whether it be a more typically Alaskan type of play such as sled dog racing, or if it’s something as common as a dance, taking time to play has always been an important part of daily life for Alaskan women..

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Ellamar, June 14, 1902. Members of the Valdez Christian Endeavor Church pose for a group portrait at their summer picnic.
[Frederick John Date papers, photographs, and artifacts, HMC-0379]


Valdez, July 4, 1903. The townspeople gather to watch the start of the girl’s egg race, part of the July Fourth festivities.
[Frederick John Date papers, photographs, and artifacts, HMC-0379]


Fishhook, 1939. Gertrude Slotsfelt, a schoolteacher from Anchorage, enjoys herself on an Anchorage Ski Club outing.
[Russell W. Dow papers, HMC-0396]





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