Bridges to Statehood


The Alaska-Yugoslav Connection

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Over the Chilkoot Trail’s icy steps, these sons of Viches came – Stepovich, Butrovich, Dapcevich, Begich, Paskvan, and Peratrovich – to guide Alaska from a raw land to state-hood, from southeast to the arctic, from gold camps to the forty-ninth star! Names so Alaskan that their Slavic stories went untold, they represented the world’s former empires and today’s Balkan states. With maps, timelines, and photos on every page, Bridges to Statehood is Alaska, from mining to fishing, from fur to bars, from retail to sports from aviation to politics. Bridges includes the building of the Alaska Highway, communication into the Great Land, and the Alaska state constitutional convention.

Judy has also included her lifelong history with the former Yugoslavia, a contrast to the Great Land, presenting her friends, the people of former Yugolsavia.

This is a book celebrating Alaska’s fiftieth anniversary of statehood and told by the talented immigrants who shaped this state. Available with lesson plans on CD and the DVD, The Shaping of a State.

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Judy Ferguson


Voice of Alaska Press



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