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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Poorman, March 1917. The photographer titled this image: “Mother Hopkins, the 64-year young dog musher in the Moose dog races.”.
[Frederick John Date papers, photographs, and artifacts, HMC-0379]

Anchorage, ca. 1943. Local USO volunteers disembark for a formal dance at the Post.
[Peter R. and Beulah Marrs Parisi papers, HMC-0445]

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