The Juneau-Douglas City Museum’s Coffee & Collections Series will begin Saturday, Oct. 5 with a presentation by Sheila Kelly, author of “Treadwell Gold: An Alaska Saga of Riches and Ruin.” The event runs from 10:30 a.m.-12 noon.
The book presents first-person accounts from sons and daughters of the miners, machinists, hoist operators and superintendents at Treadwell with historic photos of the industrial site and day-to-day lives that made up Treadwell’s community.
Sheila Kelly’s grandfather, Willy Kelly, worked as a Treadwell machinist from 1899 to 1926. Her father, Raymond, and aunts Marion and Honorah were born and raised in the company town, and shared their stories with Kelly. Wanting more details about her family’s life, she interviewed other people who had lived there and scoured the archives and collections of historic photos in museums, libraries and personal scrapbooks. This material formed the basis for her book.
“Treadwell Gold” has since received a Special Recognition Award from the U.S. Mining History Association in 2011.
A native of Washington, Kelly became a “certified” honorary Alaska citizen in 1958 while spending the summer in Ketchikan at the time statehood legislation was signed. She has written articles on Alaska and other stories on the power of place. Kelly currently lives in Seattle.
For more information about Saturday's talk, visit www.juneau.org/parkrec/museum or call 586-3572. The Juneau-Douglas City Museum’s fall/winter hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free during the month of October thanks to Pioneers of Alaska Men’s & Women’s Igloo #6.