Coffee and Collections presentation, holiday workshop offered Saturday at the city museum

Local author James Kohn will be discussing his book, “Half-Ton of Trouble,” on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 10:30 a.m. at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum for the December Coffee & Collections event. He will sign copies of the book and be available for questions after the presentation.


Kuhn was inspired to write the book after listening to the stories of elderly patients he worked with as a registered nurse and health care administrator, including patients at the Alaska Pioneers Home. He enjoyed listening to stories his patients told about the early days of Juneau, and often passed on the stories to his friends, who encouraged him to write them down.

“Half-Ton of Trouble” combines stories from the heydeys of Juneau’s mining days with contemporary characters -- it is a story of an old Juneau crime, hidden treasure, and contemporary greed.

For more information about this presentation, call 586-3572 or email Alysia Jones at

Later that day, the museum will host a drop-in holiday event where participants can make their own holiday cracker (not the eating kind). Also known as party crackers, these small gifts -- a British tradition -- contain cracker snaps, a tissue paper crown and joke or riddle. Bring your own message or small trinket to further personalize your holiday cracker, candy and decorating supplies will be provided.

This drop-in activity will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and is open to all ages. The cost is $5 per cracker.

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