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Aug 28, 2021

On a stormy night in 1879, John Muir climbed the mountain behind Fort Wrangel, Alaska and built a fire so large it lit up the sky. The reaction of the surprised Tlingit villagers below has gone down in legend, misunderstood and maligned for over a century.

In today’s episode, we’ll look at the conflicts at play in...

May 13, 2021

In December 1878, Fort Wrangel, Alaska is a lawless place. No one is in charge. Chaos reigns.

When a gold miner is shot dead inside a saloon, the people in Fort Wrangel are forced to bring the murderer to justice.


Mar 10, 2021

This week, we recognize some of the outstanding authors in Wrangell history. Authors featured include: Patricia A. Neal, Bonnie Demerjian, Pat Roppel, Frances Lackey Paul, Debra Komar, and Dr. Emily L. Moore.


Feb 6, 2021

In 1899, amidst the chaos of the Klondike Gold Rush, a new minister arrived in Fort Wrangel to serve to a congregation split along racial lines. The Reverend H.P. Corser became an advocate for his Alaska Native congregation and challenged his superiors in the church. The conflict set Reverend Corser, and his...

Dec 21, 2020

After Christmas Day 1869 turned into a bloody mess, the United States Army opened fire on the Tlingit village of Ḵaachx̱ an.áakʼw. The bombardment lasted two days, and ended with the first murder trial held by the United States in Alaska.

In Part II of The Christmas Bombardment, we'll look at the days, months, and...