The Mushing History Conference is coming together nicely in these final weeks, as we work toward bringing together authors, historians, researchers, writers, advocates and supporters of the colorful history of sled dog travel.
The conference is scheduled for the first weekend in November, with a gathering for the presenters planned for Friday, November 6th, and the conference to be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 7th and 8th. A sampling of the confirmed speakers to date:
• Iditarod National Historic Trail, by Kevin Keeler
• Mushing the Mail on the Iditarod Trail, by Linda Chamberlain
• Esther Birdsall Darling, by Jane Haigh
• Trapline to Finish Line, by Carol Beck
• The Disney movie, Nikki: Wild Dog of the North, and mushing history, by Jeff Dinsdale
• Mushing in Alaska during the ’50’s and ’60’s, Joe Redington, early Iditarod, by Joee Redington, Jr.
• Pioneering Alaska’s Iditarod, by Rod Perry
• Stories and History of the Taltson River Trappers, by Scott McQueen
• Evolution of Working Sled Dog Nutrition and Diets From Prehistory to Present, by Tim White
Also presented will be photographs, books, maps, pamphlets, posters, slide shows, mushing films, videos, short subjects, documentaries and more. For information about the conference, and if you’d like to bring materials or make a presentation, contact:
Conference Director: Tim White, 881 County Road 14, Grand Marais, MN; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coordinator: Helen Hegener, Northern Light Media, P.O. Box 759, Palmer, Alaska 99645; (907) 354-3510; email: email@example.com