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  • Aunt Phil’s Trunk Vol 1 (ebook)

    $9.99

    Amazon 5 Stars
    This first book in the five-book series features Alaska’s history up to 1900. It highlights early Alaska Native life, Russian occupation, exploration of the last frontier and many gold rushes, including the infamous Klondike Gold Rush.

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    “I love the format that Laurel Downing Bill uses to tell the history of Alaska … I am looking forward to reading more books in this series and I would give this book a big recommendation for history lovers.” – Kathryn Bennett, Readers’ Favorite

    “Aunt Phil's Trunk Volume One was an unexpected gem…. deserves to be snatched up by anyone with an interest in our state's rich past.” ¬–David James, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

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  • Build Your Own Two Book Set

    $35.00

    ALL NEW editions! – with indexes!

    Due to rising USPS postage rates, we no longer can offer free shipping, but we will keep the cost you pay for our products at the same low price. Thank you for understanding.

    Choose any two volumes for $35.

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  • The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses

    $14.95

    Award-winning author Laurel Downing Bill heard the call of her Alaska history fans and has reproduced Robert W. Service’s The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses.

    This book pays tribute to one of the North Country’s most beloved poets and shares his first published collection of poems that debuted in 1907. This specially created book also features a biography of the Bard of the Yukon, written by Downing Bill, complete with photographs.
    Even though he never lived in Alaska, Service helped put it on the map for most people with ballads like “The Shooting of Dan McGrew,” “The Cremation of Sam McGee” and “The Call of the Wild” – all included in this special collection of poetry, which now is part of the public domain.

    Service felt a connection to the land and the people of the North and later told a newspaper that the nine years he spent in the Yukon (1904-1912) were “some of the happiest” of his life.

    “All the things I am and have, I owe to the north.” Service said in the late 1940s.

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  • The Dragline Kid and Her Golden Wish

    $9.95

    The Dragline Kid and Her Golden Wish, released July 2014, is written by Alaska author Lisa Augustine and beautifully illustrated by artist Melody Trone. Children ages 4-8 will delight in this story of a little girl who dreams of being a gold miner like her daddy in Alaska’s wilderness.

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  • Sourdough Cookery *Includes starter from 1896

    $14.95

    More than 100 heart-healthy recipes are featured in this cookbook. Along with recipes for low-fat, low-sugar, low-sodium breads, biscuits and buns, you will find treats like Cranberry-Chocolate Cake, White Chocolate Cherry Muffins and Apple Pumpkin Bread – all made with egg, sugar and sodium substitutes. However, each recipe includes how many real eggs, how much sugar and other items are needed for those who want to bake with the “loaded” ingredients.

    * Includes sourdough starter from the 1896 gold rush of Hope, Alaska

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  • Raven’s Friends 1 – Alaska Animals Far and Wide

    $9.95

    Raven's Friends, released June 2012, is written and illustrated by Kim Sherry. Children ages 4-8 will love this book as they follow its narrator, Raven, through 32 pages filled with colorful illustrations and poems that share facts about animals that call Alaska home.

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  • Muckluck, Alaska by Lisa Augustine

    $14.95

    Where Nothing Ever Happens

    Muckluck, Alaska – Where Nothing Ever Happens, released August 2012, is written by Lisa Augustine, edited by Laurel Downing Bill and published by Aunt Phil’s Trunk LLC.

    Readers will be enchanted as they travel through this 200-page fictional tale about life during 1930s-1940s in the Last Frontier. As told through the voice of 91-year-old Kate, a lifelong Alaskan, the stories ring true of small town Alaska in days gone by.

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  • Six Book Package

    $90.00

    Extreme Alaska!

    ALL NEW editions! – with indexes!

    Due to rising USPS postage rates, we no longer can offer free shipping, but we will keep the cost you pay for our products at the same low price. Thank you for understanding.

    Get all five books in the series and Aunt Phil’s Trunk of Alaska Trivia for one low price:
    Aunt Phil's Trunk Vols. 1 thru 5
    Aunt Phil's Trunk of Alaska Trivia

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  • Aunt Phil’s Trunk of Alaska Trivia

    $9.95

    How much did the largest gold nugget found in Alaska weigh? What is unusual about fireweed? Which Alaska glacier is larger than the state of Rhode Island? You will learn the answers to these and many more questions when you get Aunt Phil’s Trunk of Alaska Trivia. Its 104 pages are filled with fascinating facts and crosswords, word searches and sudokus that will tease your mind and broaden your knowledge of America’s Last Frontier.

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  • Aunt Phil’s Trunk Volume 5
    1960-1984

    $19.95

    Second Edition with easy-to-use grading system. Winner of 2019 Silver Medal in Education from Literary Classics International.

    ISBN 978-1-940479-26-2

    This fifth book in the Aunt Phil's Trunk Alaska history series highlights the first 25 years of statehood through short stories and hundreds of historical photographs. Not only did the optimistic citizens of the Great Land create a government from scratch in just a few years, they also dealt with many challenges. Aunt Phil's Trunk Volume Five shares firsthand accounts of survivors who experienced the 1964 Good Friday earthquake and the devastating tsunamis that followed that 9.2 temblor. It also features stories about the discovery of “black gold” on the North Slope in the late 1960s, and how Alaska's Native people fought for their land and won the largest settlement ever granted Native Americans. That agreement cleared the way for oil companies to build an 800-mile pipeline through some of the most rugged and remote country in the world during the 1970s.

    Alaskans also learned that evil lurked under the midnight sun in the 1980s, as they ended the first 25 years of statehood with six mass murders.
    • Women in Anchorage became prey when a mild-mannered baker turned into a butcher.
    • Residents of Manley Hot Springs disappeared soon after a drifter arrived in their quiet town.
    • And several citizens of McCarthy died when a newcomer decided he wanted to destroy Alaska's oil pipeline.
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  • Aunt Phil’s Trunk Volume 4
    1935-1960

    $19.95

    Third Edition with easy-to-use grading system. Winner of 2019 Silver Medal in Education from Literary Classics International.

    ISBN 978-1-940479-25-5

    Aunt Phil's Trunk Volume Four is a must-read for anyone interested in Alaska's history!

    Award-winning author Laurel Downing Bill continues to bring Alaska history alive in the fourth volume of her Aunt Phil’s Trunk series. Following in the fast-paced and entertaining footsteps of the previous three volumes, Volume Four captures the essence of life in Alaska between 1935 and 1960.

    This book’s easy-to-read nonfiction short stories – along with more-than 350 historical photographs – highlight major events of World War II, the Cold War era and Alaska's struggle for statehood.

    Did you know:
    • The Japanese bombed and occupied two islands in the Aleutian Chain during WWII
    • The United States had a secret mission with Russia in Fairbanks
    • Eskimo Scouts volunteered to guard more than 2,000 miles of Alaska's coastline

    These and dozens more little-known stories fill the pages of Aunt Phil's Trunk Volume Four.

    This collection of stories combine clear writing and plenty of details without getting bogged down in minutia. They include both the big stories and many lesser-known incidents. And they are densely illustrated with photographs showing what life was like in Alaska's earlier days.

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  • Aunt Phil’s Trunk Volume 3
    1912-1935

    $19.95

    Third Edition with easy-to-use grading system. Winner of 2019 Silver Medal in Education from Literary Classics International.

    ISBN 978-1-940479-24-8

    Critics and readers claim Aunt Phil's Trunk Volume Three is a must-read for anyone interested in Alaska's history!

    Award-winning author Laurel Downing Bill has another winner in Aunt Phil's Trunk Volume Three. This volume is filled with entertaining nonfiction short stories and hundreds of historical photographs that bring to life Alaska's history from 1912 to 1935. Appropriate for ages 9 to 99, this book is a delightful journey through Alaska's growing pains as a territory of the United States.

    Readers follow along as men with axes, hammers and mauls pound a path through the Last Frontier to lay railroad tracks that connect the deep-water port of Seward in the south to the territory’s interior town of Fairbanks in the north. Adventurers, aviators and farmers then blazed their own trails through Alaska’s wilderness.

    Did you know:
    • The Alaska Railroad spurred the birth of Alaska's largest town in 1915
    • Mushers and dog teams risked death to deliver life-saving diphtheria serum to Nome in 1925
    • Famous aviator Wiley post and Will Rogers crashed their plane and died near Barrow in 1935

    These and dozens more little-known stories fill the pages of Aunt Phil's Trunk Volume Three.

    Bill has an extraordinary eye for the telling detail. She knows a good story when she hears it and knows how to tell it. Her history comes alive through her mastery of storytelling and close to 350 historical photographs.

    Order your copy of Aunt Phil's Trunk Volume Three now!

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