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Dan Davidson

 Dan Davidson  retired after three decades teaching classrooms in Beaver Creek, Faro and Dawson, Dan Davidson.  For the last number of years, he has written two columns for What's Up Yukon. 

A Klondike Korner, where he keeps an eye on happenings in Dawson City and The Book Shelf where he shares some of his favourites and Yukon created books with us.

You can contact him via dawson@whatsupyukon.com.


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Issue: 2018-08-29, PHOTO: courtesy of Sherron Jones

On April 21, 2018, Sherron Jones sent the following notice to her followers on the Moccasin Telegraph email list: “Now that the Moccasin Telegraph has run its course after 15 years of providing an opportunity for folks to share history and... more

Dawson City

Guests in costume at the Commissioner Angélique Bernard’s Ball in June

Dan Davidson

When "Arizona" Charlie Meadows built his Palace Grand Theatre, in 1899, it probably never occurred to him that some version of the place would still exist in 2018. more

Dawson City

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Of the five writers who have attracted folks to come and visit buildings and gravesites in the Klondike, that are attached to their names, Jack London was the first, having been one of the tens of thousands of men (mostly) and women (fewer) who scale more

Literature

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Issue: 2018-06-27, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The biggest change in the Canada Day Parade, this year, is where it will end. With traffic being directed along Fifth Avenue as a main thoroughfare (as a result of sewer and water re-installation blocking the use of Front Street), the City of... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2018-06-13, PHOTO: Clare Devenish

Dream fish at Robert Service School A team of facilitators from the Stream of Dreams program was in Dawson this week to promote environmental stewardship and facilitate a community art project. The program ran at Robert Service School (RSS) from... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2018-06-06, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Tamika Knutson had not thought of carving out a career in art when she was in high school. The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in citizen grew up in Dawson and graduated from Robert Service School. After what she describes as a less-than-successful stint at an... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2018-04-11, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The ice pool tripod is in the river, anchored by a cable to the boxed clock on the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre, ready for when the ice moves during breakup some time in late April or early May. A statistical prediction created by local engineer... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2018-03-28, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Screenings for the Dawson City International Short Film Festival began in October, with five or six people meeting twice a week to view what would eventually add up to between 400 and 500 submissions for the Easter weekend festival... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2018-03-21, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

“The Percy DeWolfe Memorial Mail Race began back in 1977 as a way to honour the legendary Percy DeWolfe, who courageously carried mail by dog team, horse and boat between Dawson City, YT and Eagle, AK, from 1910 and 1949.” So reads the late John... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2018-03-14, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The annual Youth Art Enrichment program, now entering its 17th year, is an annual four-day intensive art program for Yukon youth, hosted by the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2018-03-07, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Thaw-di-Gras, Dawson’s spring-or-late-winter carnival, is adding a day this year, with events beginning on Friday, March 16 and running through Sunday, March 18. Paul Robitaille, marketing manager for the Klondike Visitors Association (KVA), said... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2018-02-21, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The 25th annual Trek Over the Top snowmobile race will arrive in Dawson City on March 8 and return to its starting point in Tok, Alaska, on March 11. The event has been organized on the Dawson end by the Klondike Visitors Association (KVA) for the... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2018-02-14, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

February 19 to 22 will see the latest edition of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Heritage Department’s bi-annual Myth and Medium week. In the past, these cultural weeks have focussed on stories and drama, but Traditional Knowledge Specialist Jody Beaumont... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-12-13, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

After all the bazaars and seasonal open houses are done, and folks are just about ready to settle down at home waiting for Christmas Morning to arrive, there is one more thing that happens for quite a few folks in Dawson... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-12-06, , PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The Canadian Pacific steamer Princess Sophia ran aground on Vanderbilt Reef on the Inland Passage after leaving Skagway on October 23, 1918. It was the last run of the season to Vancouver and Victoria and the ship contained 353 passengers from the... more

Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-11-15, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The approaching Advent Season means that it will soon be what I sometimes refer to as Bazaar Season in Dawson City. I almost hate to use the word “Christmas” this close to Hallowe’en and before Remembrance Day, but this column won’t appear until... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-10-25, PHOTO: courtesy of the Klondike National Historic Sites

Dawson City’s Old Court House on Front Street will be the site for this year’s Haunted House event, a yearly offering to the community sponsored by Parks Canada. For many years the RCMP took the lead in providing this Halloween celebration, but... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-10-18, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Every two years the Yukon Historical & Museums Association holds a meeting for the entire Yukon heritage community. It moves around the territory, but executive director Lianne Maitland says that one of the places they like to come back to is... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-09-27, PHOTO: Helen McCullough

Despite the romantic image of the grizzled miner panning by the creek side in search of gold, that phase of the Klondike’s mineral saga was relatively short. Entrepreneurial minds knew of more efficient and less-labour intensive ways of getting... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-09-06, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The editor set us the challenge of making a pitch for our community that says it is more special than any other in the territory, with a wink and a nod in the direction of Whitehorse. The assignment is hardly fair to the capital city. Those who... more

Dawson City

This portrait of Annie Henry, left, Ione Christensen and Myrna Butterworth

PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Twenty years ago the late Madeleine Gould’s lengthy quest (1987-1996) to join the Yukon Order of Pioneers ended with a Supreme Court of Canada decision. Over the years a number of women in Dawson had supported this quest, notably with the humorous more

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