The Thlinget also published articles on Alaskan organizations and history. Sheldon Jackson had founded the Society of Alaskan Natural History and Ethnology on October 24, 1887. In 1895, a concrete building was erected to house the collection of the society. From February, 1911, The Thlinget carried notices from the group under the heading "Ethnological Society." Informative articles on Alaskan history were published in the paper, examples being "The Introduction of the Gun" and "Historical Sketch," which provided an outline of some important events of the past.
In May, 1912, Editor George J. Beck wrote, "If present plans are carried out there will be a vacancy on the editorial staff and all other departments of The Thlinget in the near future as we and our family contemplate a change of climate before many moons. The little paper however will be published as usual in the interest of the native people and the Sheldon Jackson School." In fact, the paper was discontinued with the departure of Beck, who left Sitka to become a minister at Kake, Alaska. 1
Bibliography: The Native American, April 2, 1910.
Index Sources: None
Location Sources; Danky and Hady; NUC; ULS
Title and Title Changes: The Thlinget ( 1908-1912)
Volume and Issue Data: The Thlinget (Vol. 1, No. 1, August, 1908-Vol. 4, No. 11, June, 1912)
Publisher and Place of Publication: Sitka Training School ( Presbyterian School for Native Alaskans] ( 1908-1910), Sheldon Jackson School ( 1910-1912), Sitka, Alaska
Editor: W. G. Beattie ( 1908- 1909); George J. Beck ( 1909- 1912)
Today: Sheldon Jackson College began as The Verstovian at the Sheldon Jackson School, Sitka, Alaska. A school newspaper published first in October, 1914, it filled a void left by the demise of The Thlinget.* The four-page, three- column Verstovian appeared monthly, and the first editor was Raynor Garey.
The first issue carried a photograph of Mount Verstovia at Sitka. A comment explained that the mountain was so named because it measured 3500 feet, or one Russian verst. The editor wrote, "The buildings of our Sheldon Jackson School are at the base of this mountain and we appreciate its sheltering us from the cold blast of the North. We are glad to call our paper The Verstovian and