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The Fur Farms of Alaska: Two Centuries of History and a Forgotten Stampede

Written by Sarah Crawford Isto
Alaskana

Sarah Crawford Isto will be reading from this book along with Nicole Stellon O'Donnell on Thursday, December 6th at 7pm at the Downtown Library. A workshop on writing using historical resources as a starting point will be offered on Friday 12/7/12.

Local author Isto gracefully follows the trail of a personal connection to the vast and overlooked history of a very particular type of Alaskan agriculture. One that is unique due to the state's myriad of rugged islands, and due to the nature of the seeds which were planted by the farmers themselves.

The first seed of the story is Isto's distant relative, Uncle Jule, who took on a position as a Territorial Veterinarian of Alaska in 1930. His duty was to travel to remote islands and offer advice and assistance to fur farmers. The second seed, sowed 100 years prior, were the foxes. Seeds with legs, planted and left to breed on the Aleutian Islands by Russian fur traders.

I found this piece of overlooked Alaskan history incredibly easy to read and loved poring over the accompanying historic photos combed from the various Alaskan archives. Talk about a different perspective on our state's history!

Recommended by Jonas

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