2006 Junior Iditarod pin

2006 Junior Iditarod pin

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Description (Brief)
Wooden, rectangular pin with two Alaskan Husky faces carved into the front.This pin commemorates the 29th Annual runnng of the Junior Iditarod Sled Dog race, 2006. The original artwork was done by Jona Van Zyle. The Junior Iditarod is run every year a couple of weeks before the Iditarod and is for aspiring mushers age 14 to 17. This was collected by the donor, Jen Reiter while attending the Junior Iditarod Awards banquet as the Teacher on the Trail for the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race.
The Iditarod Sled Dog Race is an extreme sports challenge that tests the skill and endurance of competitors while celebrating Alaska’s sled dog culture and history. Teams of 12 to 16 dogs, primarily Alaskan Huskies, and their musher experience harsh terrain and weather conditions during the 1,150 mile run from Anchorage to Nome. In its modern iteration as an extreme sport, the Iditarod takes an intense physical toll not only on the human competitors but also on the sled dogs. The race follows a large network of Native trade and travel routes which travelers used when gold was discovered in the isolated town of Iditarod. This discovery led to a “rush” of miners and settlers from across the country, transforming the trail into the region’s main mail and supply route. The area’s harsh winter conditions made sled dog teams the main source of transportation along the Iditarod Trail and it is this rich history which the Iditarod race celebrates today. In 1978 Congress designated the 2300 mile Iditarod Trail as a National Historic Trail recognizing its importance in the shaping of America. Through its beginnings as a regional story, the Iditarod provides us the opportunity to explore the American Experience through the origins of the Iditarod National Historic Trail and the transformation of the Alaskan sled dog culture into an international sport. The Iditarod is now the largest and most prominent sled dog race in the world, attracting international competitors and world-wide media attention.
Jon and Jona Van Zyle are both artists who live outside of Anchorage and have raised sled dogs for many years. Jon has been a supporter of the Iditarod since it beginnings and ran the race in 1976. Jon produced the first official poster for the Iditarod in 1977 which was such a huge success he was voted official artist of the Iditarod in 1979, a position he holds to this day. Jona also contributes her artistic talents to the race by designing logos for the Junior Iditarod and race cachets for the Iditarod and personal cachets for various mushers.
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Object Name
iditarod pin
pin, sled dog racing
pin, Iditarod
date made
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 1 3/4 in x 2 1/2 in x 1/2 in; 4.445 cm x 6.35 cm x 1.27 cm
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
Dog Sled racing
Junior Iditarod
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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