Pioneers of Alaska - Juneau
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The Pioneers of Alaska is a fraternal organization that gathers and preserves the relics and early history of Alaska and works for the betterment of all Alaskans. Blue Line
The Emblem
By Florence Tobin
Pioneers of Alaska - JuneauThe official emblem of the Pioneers of Alaska is a circular gold button.  The most prominent feature of this emblem is a pair of snowshoes, crossed on the face of the button.  They represent one of the means of travel in the North so familiar to the Pioneers. One can easily distinguish the button of the Pioneers from that of any other organization, and no other country could have a similar emblem for each mark distinctly typifies Alaska.  Behind the snowshoes is the North Star, which appears to shine more brightly in Alaska than anywhere else.  Under the star is a low mountain range at the base of which is the sea.  The mountain range depicts Alaska as it appears geographically – with its mountains both inland and on the coast.  The Aurora Borealis, so frequently seen in Alaska, is also pictured behind the snowshoes.

This is our little emblem.  We have Alaska represented in several different ways; the snowshoes, representing the Pioneers themselves, the North Star and the Aurora Borealis, the beauty from the heavens, and the mountains and the sea, the beauty of the land.

It is, on the whole, a beautiful button, carefully colored and beautifully composed.  We should be proud of the emblem of the Pioneers of Alaska, not only because we are permitted to wear it but for what it stands.

Pioneers of Alaska, The Trail Blazers of Bygone Days,
William Henry Chase, 1951

Cook BookOur new cookbook “Out of Pioneer Kitchens” has been published and contains 196 delicious recipes from members of Men’s Igloo #6 and Women’s Igloo #6.

It is available for $10 per copy with an additional $2 per copy for shipping.

Mail your order along with a check made out to: Pioneers of Alaska

Peggy Cartmill
P.O. Box 210294, Auke Bay, Alaska 99821

Receipts from the book will be used to support the 2020 Grand Igloo Convention that will be held in Juneau.

The Pioneers of Alaska was originally formed in Nome in February of 1907.  Juneau Men’s Igloo 6 was chartered on April 4, 1913 and Women’s Igloo 6 was originally chartered as Women's Auxiliary 6 on March 31, 1922.  They were one of many organizations formed in the early territorial days for social purposes and to keep alive the memory of the early trailblazers.  The members banded together to overcome natural disasters such as floods, fires, illness and lack of supplies often providing food, housing and medical assistance to those in need.  The Pioneers helped bury the dead and notify friends and relatives in distant homelands.  The early membership application forms included a physical description (color of hair, eyes, height and weight) which helped identify those who died on the trail or alone in a remote cabin.

Initially, membership was limited to men who had established residency in Alaska prior to January 1, 1900.  In 1912, Women’s Auxiliaries were created with the same requirements.  The present day requirement for membership is that you must have lived in Alaska cumulatively for 20 years, or longer.  The application no longer requires the physical characteristics.

Harrison Monument
Erected by Igloo No. 6
Pioneers of Alaska

In memory of Richard T. Harris and Joseph Juneau who landed here August 15, 1880 and selected this spot as their first camp site. Here they discovered gold which resulted in the founding of Juneau, the first white settlement established in Alaska under American possession.
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