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Acclaimed Yukon Historian Visits Dawson City

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010

Whitehorse author and historian Michael Gates will be presenting his new book, History Hunting in the Yukon (Harbour, $18.95), on Thursday, May 13th at 7:00 pm. The event will take place at The Dawson City Museum (in the Old Territorial Administration Building at 595 Fifth Avenue). Books will be for sale.

Michael Gates was the Curator of Collections for Klondike National Historic Sites in Dawson City and, later, Cultural Resource Manager for the Yukon field unit of Parks Canada in Whitehorse. Gates is the author of the book Gold at Fortymile Creek and writes the “History Hunter” column in the Yukon News. He lives in Whitehorse.

History Hunting in the Yukon reveals fascinating accounts from Canada’s northern territory such as the true story behind the legendary gunfighter Jack Dalton, a tough and menacing figure who stole his famed trail from the Tlingit of Alaska. Or the pioneer woman, Frances Muncaster, a slim beauty who mined for gold on Squaw Creek, and was as comfortable in elegant evening gowns as she was in rugged prospecting gear and snowshoes at forty below.

Dipping into his personal experiences and a 40-year love affair with Yukon history, author Michael Gates takes us on a journey to some of the places, people and events that make the Yukon eternally captivating. Discover the colourful stories and deeper legacy of human history that has occurred upon this remote and expansive territory.