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“Duped by a Convict: How my great-grandfather perished in the Kotzebue Gold Rush”

In 1897, George Stevens, prisoner in the Washington State Penitentiary, convinced guards he could find gold in Kotzebue, Alaska. The head guard, James F. Addleman, – Sharon Lee Morris’ great-grandfather – got the convict pardoned and sailed to Alaska in 1898 with a crew that included Stevens and his young son. When the men discovered there was no gold in Kotzebue, they abandoned Stevens and his son and headed home. Days later the ship was capsized in a fierce storm and no one survived. Stevens made his way to Nome and bought land where the Discovery Saloon was later built.

June 24 2019


Date: June 24
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost: Free
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Auditorium, Noel Wien Library

1215 Cowles St.Fairbanks, AK 99701United States

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Tanana-Yukon Historical Society
Phone: 907.488.3383
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