A very interesting book about a single, middle-aged woman who taught in Alaska in the early 1900s.
this was an excellent book. It was well written and tells of the adventures of Hannah when she went to Alaska to teach school. Considering that was in the early 20th century it is amazing that a lady alone would do such a thing. Well worth the read.
great book about a teacher in Alaska during the times that Alaske was a "remote, savage wilderness"
Hannah Breece's great niece put together this engaging account of her aunt's life and experiences in Early Alaska. Great insight into the life of the native Alaskans and the hardships of life in that time period.
From Library Journal:
Hannah Breece was an extraordinary woman who traveled to Alaska when she was 45 years old and taught Aleuts, Kenais, Athabaskans, and Eskimos from 1904 to 1918. While other women planned their retirement, Breece scaled cliffs, outran forest fires, and traveled in kayaks. Her long skirts and petticoats never slowed her down. Breece's story depicts the early days in Alaska, when travel was difficult to perilous. She was radical in her teaching, believing education should be enjoyable and avoiding the strict discipline her colleagues employed. Her story reflects on other Alaskan pioneers, namely, Sheldon Jackson and Dr. Henry O. Schlaben. The editor, Breece's niece, visited where Breece taught and describes what the places look like today. Numerous photographs dot the volume, and the book is well indexed, with numerous notes.