ERIC (1904-1995) AND ANNA HARDING. Tourist Scrapbook; 1969. .25 cu. ft.
Eric and Anna Harding were from Elmhurst, Illinois. In June of 1969, the couple took a two week guided tour of Alaska conducted by their local high school district's continuing education program. The tour group traveled by air from Chicago to Seattle, and then on to Fairbanks, Alaska. The tour included: a river tour aboard the Sternwheeler Discovery from Fairbanks; a train ride aboard the Alaska Railroad to Mount McKinley National Park, and then on to Anchorage; tours of Portage Glacier and Alyeska Ski Resort; a bus trip to Valdez and on to Haines over the Glenn, Richardson, Alaska, and Haines Highways; and a cruise aboard the Motor Ship (M.S.) Polar Star From Haines to Vancouver via the Inside Passage, including a train ride on the White Pass and Yukon Railway from Skagway to Lake Bennett, and stops in Juneau and Ketchikan.
The collection consists of the contents of the Alaska tourist scrapbook of Eric and Anna Harding. The collection contains: a xerographic copy of the original 38-page scrapbook; a tour program from the District 88 Program of Continuing Education, including trip itinerary, hotel list and tour roster; Alaska Cruise Lines daily trip itineraries and a list of passengers for the M.S. Polar Star's voyage from Haines to Vancouver; brochures and maps; place mats, menus and napkins; tickets, tags and stickers; certificates, newspaper clippings and other miscellaneous memorabilia; and 39 color photo post cards. The brochures and maps include items from the University of Alaska Museum, Portage Glacier, Alyeska Ski Resort, the Alaska Railroad, Mount McKinley National Park, Valdez, Yukon Territory, the White Pass and Yukon Railway, the Chilkat Dancers of Haines, Alaska Cruise Lines, Ltd. and Ketchikan. The menus are from United Airlines, the M.S. Polar Star, and the Copper Center Lodge. The place mats are from the Space Needle Restaurant in Seattle, the Mt. McKinley Hotel, the Wyatt House in Valdez, and the White Pass and Yukon Railway. The napkins are from Alaska Airlines Gold Nugget Jets, The Chart Room Bar at the Anchorage Westward Hotel, Alaska Cruise Lines, Ltd. and United Airlines. The certificates are for the Order of the Alaska Walrus from Juneau. The newspaper clippings concern the death of a Wyoming climber on Mount McKinley in June 1969. Subjects of the photo post cards include: Seattle, Alaska Airlines, Fairbanks, the Riverboat Discovery, the Alaska Railroad, Mount McKinley National Park, Anchorage, Portage Glacier, Alyeska Ski Resort, Valdez, Worthington Glacier, Matanuska Glacier, Columbia Glacier, Kluane Lake, Haines, the Chilkat Dancers, the M.S. Polar Star, the White Pass and Yukon Railway, Ketchikan, and Vancouver.
The collection was acquired by the archives in 2005.