Acknowledgments
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‘‘Wearewhatweremember,’’wrotethelateTimothyFindley.This,itseems
to me, is why history matters. And it is also why our relationships with
other people are so precious. Just as societies create themselves through
collective memory, so do individuals fashion a place in theworld through
personal connections. ‘‘Memory,’’ Findley continued, ‘‘is other people—it
is little of ourselves.’’ It brings me pleasure to remember the many people
who contributed something of themselves to this project. Over the years
thatthisbookhasbeeninthemaking,Ihavebenefitedimmeasurablyfrom
thekindnessofstrangers.Thatsomeofthosestrangershavesincebecome
dearfriendsisaddedblessing.
Research for this book took me across North America. Archivists and
otherstafffrequentlywentbeyondthecallofdutytofacilitatemyresearch
and I am ever grateful. In particular, I want to thank Dan Savard at the
Royal British Columbia Museum; Kelly-Ann Nolin and Kathryn Bridge at
the B.C. Archives; Victoria Crannerat Harvard’s Peabody Museum; Mark
Katzman and Tom Baione at the American Museum of Natural History;
Andrea Goldstein at the Harvard University Archives; Greg Watson then
attheSnoqualmieValleyHistoricalSocietyandMuseum;CarolynMarrat
the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle; Nicolette Bromberg and
the staff at the Universityof Washington Special Collections and Archives
andManuscriptsdivisions;PatriciaCosgroveandTinaBrewsterRayatthe
White RiverValley Historical Society; Barbara Justice at the Issaquah His-
torical Society; Elaine Miller at the Washington State Historical Society;
Steve Henrikson at the Alaska State Museum; Gladi Kulp and staff at the
Alaska State Historical Library; staff at the Alaska State Archives; Nancy
Ricketts, Evelyn Bonner, and staff at the Sheldon Jackson Stratton Library
Archives; Chris Hanson at theTongass Historical Society; Karen Meizner
at the Sitka Historical Society; and Bruce Parham and Matt Mobleyat the
U.S.NationalArchivesinAnchorage.
I completed all my research trips without spending a night in a hotel, a
feat enabled by the hospitalityof many people, including Susan and Steve
Christianson,SteveDaskal,BettyLevinsonandElliottWilk,AnnieLeder-
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