'White House of the North' author to be featured at Saturday's Coffee and Collections

The Juneau-Douglas City Museum will host Carol Sturgulewski, author of “White House of the North: Stories from the Alaska Governor’s House,” during their upcoming Coffee & Collections event, to be held on Saturday, Dec, 8, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the museum.


As the oldest daughter of a former Alaska governor, Carol Murkowski Sturgulewski offers readers her unique perspective on life in the Alaska Governor’s House. In documenting the history of the house, Sturgulewski spent more than five years interviewing governors, first ladies and friends from every administration since 1925. Her 112-page text is supplemented by more than 75 historic photos, and documents dating back to the 1890s.

“Alaska is a young state, and we are fortunate to have so many of our history-makers still with us,” Sturgulewski said. ‘’They have shared wonderful stories about the people who lived in the Governor’s House, from funny family anecdotes to historic information. Even the artwork and furniture in this house have their tales.”

The Alaska Governor’s House, built in 1912, is one of the oldest governors’ homes in the U.S.

The book was produced with funding from the Friends of the Alaska Governor’s Mansion Foundation, established in 2004 to educate the public about the house and its history.

A third-generation Alaskan, Sturgulewski was born in Sitka and has lived in Ketchikan, Wrangell, Juneau, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Seward, Kodiak and Unalaska. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon in 1977, and has spent more than three decades writing about her state in newspapers including the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Anchorage Times, Anchorage Daily News, Aleutian Eagle, Dutch Harbor Fisherman, Seward Phoenix-Log, and for the Associated Press. Her magazine work includes Alaska magazine, Alaska Business Monthly, National Geographic Traveler, Alaska Geographic and many others. She has also researched and written for several guidebooks. Sturgulewski also has written Kodiak: Alaska’s Emerald Isle and is a co-author of Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul, the 39th book in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

“White House of the North: Stories from the Alaska Governor‘s Mansion“was published with support from the Alaska Humanities Forum.

Free coffee for this event is provided by the Heritage Coffee Company.

For more information, visit www.juneau.org/parkrec/museum or call 586-3572.


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