Beyond Mile Zero receives a silver IPPY award for travel essay

Pleased as punch to announce that Beyond Mile Zero, the Vanishing Alaska Highway Lodge Community (Lost Moose / Harbour Publishing) won a 2018 silver IPPY Award in the Travel Essay category.

An IPPY is ‘The world’s leading book award recognizing quality, independently published books.’

There’s a medal, an award ceremony in New York, you know the unusually fun stuff.

Honoured to be included in this fine list of winners.

Lily Gontard and Mark Kelly Honoured with Heritage Award

Mark and I are honoured to be selected as the recipients of the Yukon Historical Museums Associations’ Innovation, Education and Community Engagement Award for 2017. I accepted the award for us at the Yukon Heritage Awards Ceremony on Monday, February 19, 2018, at the Yukon Archives in Whitehorse. Unfortunately, Mark was travelling and unable to join me at the ceremony. It was a wonderful evening that recognized the work of some exceptional Yukoners dedicated to preserving culture and heritage.

2017 Yukon Heritage Awards presented at the Yukon Archives on February 19, 2018, in Whitehorse, Yukon. Photo by Alistair Maitland Photography

Thanks Access Copyright

Thanks to the Access Copyright Foundation Marian Hebb Research Grant, I was able to travel to Nevada, USA, to meet in person with Helen Foster. I interviewed her over a few days. During this time, she shared her personal archive which included a plethora of photographs (which I scanned) from her childhood all the way to her time working in Alaska.

 

Helen Foster standing on fresh lava, Oshima, Japan, 1951