Laurel Downing Bill : Aunt Phil's Trunk Volume One, Bringing Alaska history alive, Up to 1900

Aunt Phil's Trunk Volume One, Bringing Alaska history alive, Up to 1900

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James A. Mitchner, Pierre Berton, Lael Morgan

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Aunt Phil's Trunk LLC

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May 2006



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The Aunt Phil's Trunk Alaska history series is noted for its easy-to-read short stories and hundreds of historical photographs that complement entertaining nonfiction writing. These books, which won the 2016 Literary Classics International award for Best Nonfiction Series worldwide, are suitable for ages 9 to 99.

This first book, which goes up to 1900, kicks off the series by showcasing the arrival of Alaska Natives thousands of years ago. Anthropologists believe the Natives traveled from Asia across the Bering Sea Land Bridge and settled in various parts of Alaska. Stories in this section include early Native life, mighty shaman and fierce battles against Russian fur traders, who arrived in the mid-1700s.

After Alaska became a possession of the United States in 1867, Americans began streaming into the Last Frontier. Explorers, businessmen, miners and crooks came north and changed Alaska forever. The discovery of nuggets brought gold-crazed stampeders in the 1890s.

Did you know?

  • Mysterious petroglyphs dot Alaska's coastlines?
  • The last shot of the American Civil War boomed in the Bering Sea?
  • The Klondike Gold Rush began after a man dreamed of salmon with golden scales?

These and dozens more little-known stories fill the pages of Aunt Phil's Trunk Volume One.

Editorial Reviews

“… Aunt Phil’s Trunk offers an impressive compendium of
superbly presented stories, tales, anecdotes and reminisces of the people,
places, events and history of Alaska profusely illustrated throughout with
black and white historical photos … personal, community and academic libraries
would be well advised to acquire the entire set …” – James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review

“I’ve been touting these books since the first
volume appeared …. They combine clear writing and plenty of details without
getting bogged down in minutia. They include both the big stories and many
lesser-known incidents. And they are densely illustrated with photographs
showing what life was like in Alaska’s earlier days. It’s a great package, and
it hasn’t failed yet … If you haven’t done so, take some time and open Aunt
Phil’s Trunk; you’ll find plenty of treasures inside.” –
David James, Fairbanks Daily News Miner

"Anyone interested in
Alaska history will love this book. It is full of interesting and little-known
facts about the state. The stories behind these facts are colorful and
entertaining." – Writer's

"Richly assembled with historic photos and rarely told tales, Aunt Phil's
Trunk is an engaging addition to Alaska's storytelling legacy." – Alex
DeMarban, Editor, First Alaskans magazine

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