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Last week I nervously phoned the public library of Nenana, Alaska (population 378). Would the library like dozens of photos my father took in Nenana and nearby Minto when he lived there 65 years ago? The photos had emerged from an album I never knew existed till recently, a year after my father passed away. Luckily, the librarian, Darcia, was not only friendly but, as it turns out, delighted to plan a display of the photos, many of them depicting children who are alive and well today. The photos even included a log cabin that served as the library for years — marked as “bishop’s cabin” by my father.
So, someday I vow to visit Nenana. Maybe I’ll offer an author’s presentation while there. Meanwhile, warm regards to all who live in my father’s old homestead, and special regards to the gracious Darcia Grace.

[Photos top left to below: Children in Nenana, Alaska in 1951; Nenana Public Library today; the bishop’s log cabin, later the Nenana Public Library; my father (Richard S. Miller) back then; my father canoeing on the Nenana River in 1951.

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