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First Name Michael
Last Name Gates
Member Since March 1, 2018
Email msgates@northwestel.net
City Whitehorse
State YT
Country Canada
Pen Name The History Hunter
Branch Affiliation Member at Large (no branch affiliation)
Bio After spending several years roaming the Yukon with backpack and camera and armed wiith a degrees in archaeology, history museum studies and apprenticeship in museum Conservation, Michael was hired as the Curator of Collections for Klondike National Historic Sites in Dawson City, a position he held for twenty years before becoming the culktrual resource management specialist for the Yukon Field Unit, Parks Canada. During this time, he led an initiative to recover a horde of silent movie films from permafrost, led the flood recovery of the large artifact collection held by Parks Canada in Dawson City and was the team leader in the restoration of the Commissioner's Residence in Dawson City, which was opened by then Prime Minister Jean Chretien in 1996. He is the author of a popular history column in the Yukon News for the past 16 years, and has spoken and lectured widely in Canada, the United States and Europe. He currently lives in Whitehorse, Yukon, with his wife, Kathy. On January 1, 2021, Michael was appointed the first Story Laureate for Yukon.
Publications Gold at Fortymile Creek - UBC Press 1994 History Hunting in the Yukon - Harbour Publishing 2010 Dalton's Gold Rush Trail - Harbour Publishing 2012 From the Klondike to Berlin - Harbour Publishing 2017 The Yukon Fallen of World War I 2018 Harbour Publishing 2018 Dublin Gulch: A History of the Eagle Gold Mine Harbour Publishing 2020 Hollywood in the Klondike Harbour Publishing 2022 Over 500 History Hunter columns (weekly) in the Yukon News since 2007 Numerous articles in professional and popular journals and publications Film Credits in documentaries: The Klondike Stampede PBS - Credit in Documentary “Lost Forever”, by Gravitas Docufilms, Paul Mariano , Director 2011 - Credit in Documentary "The Klondike Gold Rush" PBS 2013 - Credit in Documentary "Dawson City Frozen Time, Bill Morrison, director, Kino Lorber 2016
Other Memberships The Writers Union of Canada
Awards Lifetime Achievement Award from the Yukon Historical and Museums Association, 2008 Advanced Artists Award from the Department of Tourism and Culture, Government of Whitehorse, 2011 Elected Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society 2012 Joint Recipient of the Yukon Historical and Museums Association Helen Couch Volunteer of the Year Award for 2016 Story Laureate of Yukon 2021-2023
Genres History, Nonfiction, Speculative
Available For Readings, Presentations, Workshops, Book Club Meetings, Speaking Engagements