At Your Library: Women’s History Month

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March is celebrating Women’s History Month! This became a national celebration in 1981 when Congress authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as Women’s History Week. Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as Women’s History Week.

In 1987,  after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress designated the month of March 1987 as Women’s History Month. Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as Women’s History Month.

This would be a great time to look at some fascinating women in Alaska and Cordova’s history. Here’s a small taste of some books we think might enlighten you.


Arctic Dance: the Mardy Murie Story. By Charles Craighead.


Last Letters from Attu: The True Story of Etta Jones, Alaska Pioneer and Japanese P.O.W. By Mary Breu


Accidental Adventurer: Memoirs of the First Woman to Climb Mount McKinley. By Barbara Washburn.


Iditarod: Women on the Trail. By Nicki J. Nielsen


Walk Softly with me: Adventures of a Big-Game Guide in Alaska. By Sharon E. McLeod-Everette.


Alaska Women Write: Living, Laughing, and Loving on the Last Frontier. By Dana Stabenow.


Two Women in the Klondike. By Mary E. Hitchcock.


Tisha. By Anne Hobbs


T-Craft Tales. By Gayle Ranney.


Barrett Willoughby: Alaska’s Forgotten Lady. By Nancy Warren Ferrell.

The Cordova Public Library is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10ma.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed Mondays


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Cathy Sherman is the museum director for the Cordova Historical Museum. She can be reached at