August 6, 2019 @ 7pm Black History From the Gold Rush Days of the Golden Heart City** – A detailed look at the lives of nine African Americans who were early day residents of Fairbanks, Alaska.  We will learn about their challenges, their sorrows and best of all their many triumphs as they participated in the gold rush of the Tanana Valley.  Joan will share what she has learned about these important residents of Fairbanks from early day records and newspapers.  This show will make you laugh, cry and cheer, all in one hour!  There are also lots of great photos in the show that came from the Pioneer Museum’s extensive collection of early day Fairbanks photographs. **Lecturer Joan Skilbred is a longtime resident of the Fairbanks area and has a passion for our local goldrush history.  She is well known for promoting the history of the Interior region of our beloved state.   She is a proud member of the Pioneers of Alaska, The Friends of the Tanana Valley Railroad, The Fairbanks Genealogical Society, and the Tanana Yukon Historical Society.   She works as an individual and in groups to share and appreciate the rich history that is Fairbanks, Alaska.


  • Starting Tuesday, August 6th, 2019, repeated every week on Tuesday until Tuesday, September 03, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Noel Wien Library

1215 Cowles Street
Fairbanks, AK 99701


Melissa Harter