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Tisha's School House

Tisha's School House

Tisha's School House in Chicken, Alaska

Take a trip back to the gold rush era

Tisha is the name given to Chicken's most famous inhabitant, Anne Hobbs Purdy. Tisha came to Chicken to teach the local children in the late 1920s. A local native boy who didn't speak English very well called her "Tisha" instead of "Teacher" and the name stuck. Tisha later co-wrote a book recounting how she faced the difficulties of a close-set community, prejudices against natives, and the hard winter. Tisha raised 10 children and is famous for her amazing work ethic and dedication in educating the area's native children.

Tisha died in 1987 and is buried next to her husband on their homestead in Chicken.

Daily tours of the Historic Town of Chicken and Tisha's Schoolhouse at 10am during the summer season from The Goldpanner Gift Shop.

by Anny Purdy Hobbs
and Robert Sprecht

You can purchase Tisha's book in our gift shop or here online. Cover of Tisha by Anne Purdy Hobbs and Robert Sprecht