Artifact Archive: Local Artist


September 24, 2020

Local artist

Born in Seattle in 1917, Josephine Crumrine was raised by her artist mother in various Alaskan locales including Southeast Alaska. After studying art down south, she returned to Alaska. In the 1940s the Alaska Steamship Company commissioned Josephine to create portraits of famous Alaskan sled dogs which were used as menu covers in their dining rooms. This one is "Rye," who was given to the Army at Chilkoot Barracks in Haines by adventurer Mary Joyce after a 1,000 mile sled trip from Taku Lodge to Fairbanks for the 1936 Ice Carnival. Josephine championed humane treatment of an...

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