Yukon History

Yukon History Stories

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    Issue: 2017-11-08, PHOTO: Rick Massie

    Lest we forget

    One of the childhood traditions if you grew up in Canada is the annual school Remembrance Day ceremony. Some day right before the statutory holiday, class by class students march down to the gymnasium to sit in rows and watch the presentation... more

    Nov 8, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-11-01, PHOTO: courtesy of Murray Martin

    Bringing Up a Family the Old Fashioned Way

    Bringing up a family back in the 50s and 60s was much different than the modern rush to get through life of today, which is mostly controlled by computers and a lack of one-on-one, face-to-face communication. Being brought up in the 30s, during... more

    Nov 1, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-10-25, PHOTO: courtesy Yukon Archives

    From Bonanza to Bucharest

    With the exception of sports figures, Max Fraser contends, Canadian heroes seldom get the respect they deserve. The Whitehorse filmmaker and military history buff wants to help change that, especially when it comes to a larger-than-life former... more

    Oct 25, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-08-09, PHOTO: courtesy MacBride Museum

    Ghost-Hunting in the Whitehorse Copperbelt

    You wouldn’t think a person could go ghost hunting in the middle of the day in the middle of summer, but MacBride Museum offers six to 12-year-olds a chance to do just that from August 14 to 18. more

    Aug 9, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-08-02, PHOTO: Yvonne Mueller

    Visiting Fort Selkirk

    As someone who has always been very interested in Yukon history the Fort Selkirk Historic Site was definitely on the list of places we wanted the visit during the year we lived in the Yukon. But how to get there since there is no road access... more

    Aug 2, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-06-28, PHOTO: Andrea McGee

    Canadian Red

    Ever since I was a child I would see the Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers and think, “Wow! Our national police force is beyond cool!” Today, I still think that. The Mounties definitely know how put on a good horse show and parade. more

    Jun 28, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Courtesy of the Yukon Transportation Museum

    Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    The history of how we move is full of wild and wondrous stories about survival, romance, perseverance and everyday life. It’s also a great lens through which we can explore science and technology. Two new summer programs at the Yukon... more

    Jun 14, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-06-14, ILLUSTRATION: Shauna Jones

    The Legacy of the Klondike Cancan

    The cancan that began as an 1830s dance craze in Paris was a direct revolt against the rules imposed by men, society, press, clergy and narrow-minded citizens. From the beginning the cancan was a statement, and it became a symbolic statement... more

    Jun 14, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Courtesy of Murray Martin

    How Times Have Changed

    The other day when I was to walk into the grocery store, I stopped to allow the lady behind me to go ahead of me. Then as I walked in behind her, I took my hat off and put it in the cart. She said, “That was so very nice and I miss that.” It was a... more

    Jun 14, 2017

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    Illustration: Shauna Jones

    The Cancan Arrives at the Klondike Gold Rush

    On November 28, 1891, the New York Sun dedicated a full page to the cancan. Titled "Eccentric Paris Dance," the article highlights Paris cancan stars of the day who describe intricate cancan dance moves. After the two decades of being attacked in... more

    May 10, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-03, PHOTO: courtesy of Harbour Publishing

    Filling the Gaps in Our History

    “Everyone talks about the Goldrush. I’m interested in the gaps in history. The points in between,” says Yukon writer Michael Gates, author of From the Klondike to Berlin. Published last month, this book is, perhaps surprisingly, the first to offer... more

    May 3, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-26, Photo: Pixabay

    Do You Remember When?

    Allow me to take you back in time to when the words of today had a great difference in meaning… Close your eyes… and go back in time… before the internet, Mac, Dreamcast, Playstation or Nintendo 64… away back, I’m talking hide and seek at dusk… more

    Apr 26, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-05, Illustration: Shauna Jones

    Can You Do the Cancan, Kate?

    During the 1890s, the United States was a melting pot of entertainment - and vaudeville became the perfect vehicle to showcase this wealth of diversity. From New York to Victoria, B.C., vaudeville reigned supreme as the most popular entertainment in more

    Apr 5, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-01, Illustration: Shauna Jones

    The Cancan Under Arrest

    Appearing nightly in vaudeville, burlesque, ballets and operas, on tiny rustic stages of the Wild West mining camps and in the frontier theatres of the Pacific Coast, by the 1870s the cancan was in North America to stay. more

    Mar 1, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-22, Photo: Pixabay

    Farewell to the Big Top and its Big Thrills

    The child's heart that beats in my aging breast is breaking. They're shutting down the circus. After 146 years (exactly twice my life span so far), the iconic Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is turning off the lights, packing up the Big... more

    Feb 22, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-22, PHOTO: Paul Gowdie

    February is Black History Month

    The Hidden Histories Society Yukon invited Jillian Christmas, a Black Canadian spoken word poet to Whitehorse at the beginning of February. The Society commissioned her to write a poem in celebration of the diverse Black community in Yukon. more

    Feb 22, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-08, PHOTO: Pixabay Photo

    That new guy next door is definitely one of a kind

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the 32nd president of the United States of America. The wealthy and patrician New Yorker, whose New Deal policies helped pull the U.S. out of the Great Depression and laid the foundation for much of its existing... more

    Feb 8, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-08, PHOTO: Nellie Dale

    McQuesten’s Diary a Historic Treasures in a Box

    I have been told the "winner writes history." Taking this idea a bit further and you might think history is all about battles, economic or ecological, or just about power. But history is much more than that. I recently had an opportunity to touch... more

    Feb 8, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-08, PHOTO: Tess Casher

    Ancient Februarys

    As the name suggests, the modern Valentine’s Day originated with a Saint Valentine. However, our Valentine’s Day is parallel to Disney stories, while the initial holiday is more comparable to the Grimm’s Fairy Tale version, intertwined love with... more

    Feb 8, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-01-25, Illustration: Shauna Jones

    Delightful Devilry: The Cancan Invades New York

    Although the cancan made its North American debut with Offenbach’s opera Orpheus of the Underworld in 1861, it wasn’t until it appeared in the first American musical that the cancan became a true phenomenon in North America. more

    Jan 25, 2017

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