In Context: Alaska History Lessons

The Anchorage Museum In Context series are seasonal classes featuring art, science, history or anthropology experts who illuminate themes explored in the museum’s exhibitions and collections.
10 to 11 a.m.: Seattle-based historian Beverly Beeton, PhD, presents "Alaska Women Voted: But They Weren’t Unsexed and Didn’t Neglect Wifely Duties." Thanks to the first law passed by Alaska’s First Territorial Legislature 105 years ago, Alaska women joined women of nine western states and legally voted for the first time in 1914, seven years before the 20th Amendment made it illegal to deny voting rights on basis of gender.
11 to noon: Beeton continues the history lesson with her talk titled 1918 Flu Pandemic: Kansas Pig Farms to WWI Soldiers to Alaska Native on Bering Sea to You. Called “The Spanish Flu,” the 1918 influenza killed more people in a year than the Black Death killed in a century and more in 24 months than AIDs killed in 24 years. More Americans died from this flu than were killed in WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam combined. This story will be told using the Alaska flu experience as a case study.

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