Historian Fireside Chat at the Donnenworth House

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Help YHMA celebrate Culture Days/Doors Open!

12-3pm | Saturday, September 26th, 2015 | historic Donnenworth House (3126 Third Ave., Whitehorse)

Join local historians as they share some of their favourite stories from Yukon history and adventures while "on the job".

- Learn about the "Mosquito Fleet' and some of the first Yukon River sternwheelers!
- Find out about an oral history project at Fort Selkirk that almost went terribly wrong!
- Hear about adventures traveling along the Alaska Highway talking to people about their passion for our collective history!
- Learn more about the colourful life of Captain Patrick Martin!
- And more!

Warm up with coffee, tea and light refreshments.Have a burning question about Yukon history? Feel free to ask the experts on hand.

About our historians:

Sally Robinson is a historian and a Yukon resident since 1974. She worked with museums for twenty years; time spent researching, writing, and curating and developing exhibits. Another sixteen years were spent with the Yukon Historic Sites Unit as the Historic Sites Interpretive Planner. Since retirement Sally has been working as a contract writer/researcher, and is an active volunteer with the Yukon Historical and Museum Association and the Alaska Highway Heritage Society.

Helene Dobrowolsky is a historian, author and Whitehorse resident since 1973. For nearly 25 years, she and her partner Rob Ingram have operated Midnight Arts, a heritage consulting business. Helene is the main researcher and writer for the partnership. She has conducted archival, legal, environmental and oral history research as well as becoming familiar with online sources. Helene’s writings include numerous articles, brochures, booklets, books, reports and website texts on a variety of topics relating to northern cultural and natural history. She is the author of eight books of Yukon history including Whitehorse: an illustrated history.

David Neufeld is a retired Parks Canada historian, and has worked on Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site for over ten years. Based in Whitehorse, he has conducted research on the Kluane National Park Reserve, the Yukon River, Dawson City and the Klondike goldfields, and the Yukon north slope.

About Culture Days & Doors Open: These are annual national initiatives that inspire public awareness and ongoing engagement with local arts, culture and heritage through free activities. During the last week of September, the Yukon community is encouraged to become "tourists in their own town", and are invited to take part in dozens of activities organized across the Territory.

For more information on other Culture Days & Doors Open activities, please visit: http://yt.culturedays.ca/en

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