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Four Yukoners were inducted to the Yukon Transportation Hall of Fame on Tuesday evening at the Yukon Transportation Museum. Ronald Frederick Connelly sold the family horse in order to purchase a surplus World War II trainer - and then learned to fly it.
Did you ever wonder what games the Vuntut Gwich'in played before there was hockey? Did you want to learn who Martha Black was and why she is famous? How about the history of an ancestor, or routes to the Klondike?
In my years as curator of collections for Klondike National Historic Sites in Dawson City, I learned one thing: that gold rush stereotypes are difficult to overcome. Take the frontier brothel, for example.
The Yukon is getting the short end of the stick in the narrative of World War I. There are plenty of books on the Great War, but many of them don't mention Canada's involvement in the conflict.
Everybody who visits the Klondike should see its iconic attractions: The Discovery Claim on Bonanza Creek, and in Dawson City, Robert Service Cabin, Jack London's cabin, even to a certain extent the Berton Home.
Last week, on April 9, members of the three parties in the Yukon legislature rose in turn to commemorate Canada's important role in the Battle for Vimy Ridge.
I attended a recent "Throwback Thursday" sponsored by the MacBride Museum featuring women in Yukon history.
If any Yukon woman stood out in her patriotic activities during the First World War, it had to be Martha Black, the wife of Commissioner George Black.
When Britain declared war with Germany the summer of 1914, the men of the territory rallied to the cause. After all, it would be over by Christmas, they were sure.
Here is an interesting story that was recently brought to my attention by Donald Smith, professor emeritus of history at the University of Calgary.
"It's the goddamndest story you ever heard," Gordon Bennett, an unassuming 92-year-old, told Betsy Lumbye, a journalist with more than 30 years experience. And he was right.
When Yukon Highway No. 5 was built, it penetrated some of the most challenging and enigmatic wilderness in Canada.
An appreciative crowd came out to the Whitehorse Public Library on Tuesday evening to celebrate the diversity of Yukon's past as part of Black History Month.
A large crowd helped kick off the celebration of Heritage Day on Monday evening by attending the Yukon Historical and Museums Association 31st Annual Heritage Awards ceremony at the Yukon Archives.
Little did Betty Matteson Rhodes know when she and her husband Chuck purchased their first computer in 1996 that it would unlock the secrets of a long past and help her discover a distant relative, Nelson A. Soggs.
As I sit in my office amidst books and articles, trying to get a clear picture of Joe Boyle's accomplishments during World War I, one thing is clear: he was Yukon's most heroic figure.
The Yukon Transportation Museum had an open house last Friday afternoon, and Bob Cameron and his airplane restoration projects were the featured attraction of the event.
For Christmas, my wife Kathy gave me an unusual gift that I have only just been able to examine in detail. It was an issue of the Dawson Daily News from December 27, 1899.
When Robert Service arrived in the Yukon in 1905, he was a lowly bank clerk. When he left in 1912 on the last boat of the season, he was a celebrated author. In between, he penned three books of verse and a best-selling novel.