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Women Pioneers of Alaska helping the elderly, preserving history


Photo courtesy of Igloo No. 15

Women of Igloo No. 15, part of the Alaska Pioneers Organization, stopped by the Long Term Care center on March 20 to give out spring goodie bags to residents. Pictured from left to right are Lorraine Kagee, Debra Werner, Kathie Angerman, Susan Wise-Eagle, and Betty Abbott.

WRANGELL - The Pioneers of Alaska is one of the older social organizations in the state. According to the organization's website, the first group of pioneers, or "Igloos," was founded in Nome in 1907. The purpose of the Pioneers of Alaska is twofold, to preserve community history and to serve as a social outlet for members. At first it was a men-only club, but women were allowed in around 1912, according to the Pioneer website. From the first Igloo in Nome, the group spread across the state. The Wrangell Men's Igloo, also known as Igloo No. 21, was founded on May 30, 1921. The women's Igloo...

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