Community editor and columnist Kris Capps is a longtime resident of Fairbanks and Denali Park. Contact her at, in the office at 459-7546 or by cell at 322-6334. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.


Candace Waugaman at the 2018 Alaskana sale.

The biggest Alaskana sale in Fairbanks will open it’s doors for the last time on July 26-28.

The popular annual sale was run by longtime historian and collector Candace Waugaman for 10 years. She died on March 12, and this will be the final sale. It takes place 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 532 Dalton Trail, off Yankovich Road. Waugaman’s rules still apply: no early birds!

Every year, Waugaman chose four community organizations and all the proceeds from the sale went to them. In 2018, the Alaska Historical Society, 4H, Pioneer Museum and the Animal Shelter Fund shared more than $26,000. This final sale will benefit 4-H Club, Pioneer Museum, Animal Shelter Fund and Literacy Council.

Friends held a “Dogs and Donuts” celebration of Waugaman’s life last month. They remembered her love of history and her generosity in sharing her knowledge and vast collection of Alaskana. Friends shared her generosity to diverse local and statewide organizations and also talked about the personal assistance she often granted anonymously, to help individuals and families in the community.

“Candy helped document the history of this community, and her generosity is her legacy,” said Ron Inyoue of the Tanana-Yukon Historical Society.

As always, the Alaskana sale features a little bit of everything. There are historical Alaska movie posters, plates and bowls, historic photographs and more. Collectibles include Golden Days buttons and Alaska books.

Estates often donated items for sale, primarily because the profits all go to charity.

As always, no dickering on price is allowed. Every year, a boot clamped in a trap at the checkout made that every clear.



Melissa Chapin of Fairbanks is working with Yakutsk city administrators to create a photo book documenting 30 years of Fairbanks and Yakutsk being sister cities. She is seeking contributions of photos to be emailed to

The volume is expected to be about 8-by-8-inches and about 60 pages long. It will include about 140-160 photographs and accompanying text.

“I have some documentation ranging from our very first delegations of mayors, through many years of friendship and technical, artistic and educational collaborations,” Chapin said.

Although she is off to a good start, here are photos she is still seeking:

Yakutians in Fairbanks during the early exchange years 1990-1996; school exchanges during 1990-1996; individual interactions with people from Yakutsk or the Sakha Republic in more recent years; people who have maintained friendships with people from Yakutsk and visited them; people involved in exchanges of technology and other expertise, particularly seeking joint solutions to problems of living in the north.

Chapin hopes to have everything in hand by summer’s end so that the book can be finalized in the fall.

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