PUBLISHED: 4:08 PM on Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Gastineau Channel Memories 1880-1959 now available online
The Pioneer Book Committee and the Juneau-Douglas City Museum have announced a new Web site that presents a collection of stories and photographs from numerous families who came to the Gastineau Channel area to live years ago. The period covered in the collection is the founding of Juneau through the year of statehood.

The site is based on Gastineau Channel Memories 1880-1959, a book originally published in 2001 by the Pioneer Book Committee and now out of print.

Marie Darlin, Chair of the Pioneer Book Committee, and Jane Lindsey, Director of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, announced the completion of the site, which is on the Museum's homepage located at

Courtesy photo
  Juneau-Douglas City Museum Director Jane Lindsey looks on as Pioneer Book Committee Chair and Museum volunteer Marie Darlin searches the new on-line version of Gastineau Channel Memories.
This book is Volume I in a series on local history, prepared under the direction of the committee. Volume II, still in print (and available from Hearthside Books in Juneau), was issued in 2004 and Volume III is in preparation, with a target publication date of next year.

Volume I consists of 290 articles covering 350 local families. "Some submissions are documentary in style; some are written in the oral history tradition and many include family photos. All of these family stories provide an important viewpoint on local community history," says Darlin.

Lindsey stated that hosting the site is part of the Museum's long-term objective of making Juneau history digital archives available to the general public.

"What is especially nice about putting the book into a searchable database is that there is the ability to search the entire book for a particular name, event, or date. For instance if you type in the keyword statehood, you will get eighteen family stories, each of which will have a reference to statehood. This takes the book to a new level as a research tool."

The Gastineau Channel Memories publications are produced by the Pioneer Book Committee. Volume I members included, Chairpersons Marie Hanna Darlin, Janet Ruotsala, Betty West Miller, and members Leo "Bud" Jones, Mary Sofoulis Lewis*, Leonard Lowell*, Agnes Tubbs McAndrews, Jeannette Doucette McLeod, Lazzette Shearer Ohman*, Katherine Messershcmidt Shaw, Mary Ann Welp, Daisy "Dee" Williams (*deceased since initial publication in 2001).

Darlin offers a reminder to those who have not yet completed stories for Volume III to submit them by the end of September 2007.

This publication is accepting stories from families who came and settled in the Gastineau Channel area from 1880-1967.

The Pioneer Book Committee is a regular sponsor of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum's Free Winter Admission Program, and will sponsor free winter admission at the Museum during the month of February 2008.

For more information, contact the Juneau-Douglas City Museum at 586-3572. The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is located at 4th and Main Street and is a program of Juneau Parks and Recreation Department.