Pioneers of Alaska

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Logo of Pioneers of Alaska

The Pioneers of Alaska is a fraternal organization that was founded in 1907 to preserve the early history of Alaska.[1][2]

Originally restricted to white males who entered Alaska before 1900,[1] the organization today has about 5000 members,[citation needed] who must be residents of Alaska for at least 20 years to be eligible to join.[1] Once led by men, women became eligible for all leadership positions in 2012.[3]

Founded in Nome, Alaska, the organization works at "gathering and preserving the relics and early history of Alaska",[4] and at improving its economic and social conditions.[3]

The organization has 35 local chapters, which are called "igloos".[5] The group operates the Pioneer Museum at Pioneer Park, in Fairbanks.[6][7]

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  1. ^ a b c "History of the Pioneers of Alaska". Pioneers of Alaska. 
  2. ^ Official website
  3. ^ a b Schwartz, Dan (September 24, 2012). "Women gain an equal role in Pioneers of Alaska". Peninsula Clarion. Kenai, Alaska. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ Smetzer, Mary Beth (March 8, 2011). 2011 "2011 Pioneers of Alaska regents both history fans" Check |url= value (help). Juneau Empire. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ Mackenzie, B. B. (2012). Alaska Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff. Globe Pequot. ISBN 9780762794607. 
  6. ^ "PIONEER PARK: Alaska's Only Historic Theme Park". Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks Recreation Department. 2007–2008. 
  7. ^ "Pioneer Museum & Big Stampede Show". Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Chase, Will H. (1951). Pioneers of Alaska - The Trail Blazers of Bygone Days. Kansas City: Burton Publishing Company. 203 pp.

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