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Educational Travel Opportunity

Date Posted: October 20, 2017       Categories: News

UAF’s Summer Sessions announces a wonderful upcoming educational travel program in Washington DC right at the height of cherry blossom time.  Not only will folks get guided tours of the museums and the national archives, they also will be there for opening night of Snow Child at Arena Stage. This program is offered through UAF Summer Sessions who has been doing educational travel programs for the past twelve years. All of their programs are geared for professionals and retired professionals with the capacity to walk up to three miles a day.

All the participants have to pay for is transportation to DC, liquor, laundry, and any souvenirs. All meals, rooms, entrance fees, tours, theater tickets, transportation in DC and even tipping is included.

Washington, DC – Museums, Cherry Blossoms, and More

April 11-18, 2018

Spend a week in Washington DC visiting museums at the height of Cherry Blossom time. Guided visits include the National Archives, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Smithsonian, and the Newseum. Watch the Cherry Blossom Parade, cruise down the Potomac to Mt. Vernon, see the city on a hop on-hop off bus, and attend the opening night of Snow Child at Arena Stage. All of this and more are part of this program. Participants will be staying at Catholic University, which has a metro stop on campus, and a metro pass for the week is included in this program.

Program Fee: $2,000.00, which includes room (double occupancy with bath shared with another room), three meals a day, all entrance fees, educational programs, and transportation to various venues. Transfers from the airport, airfare to DC, laundry, liquor, and luxuries (souvenirs) are NOT included.

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To register, visit www.uaf.edu/summer/programs/travelPhone: 907-474-7021, Email: summer@alaska.edu

For more information, contact: Michelle Bartlett, Director, Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning
University of Alaska Fairbanks
email:   michelle.bartlett@alaska.edu
phone:  (907) 474-6624

Alaska Pacific University becomes a United Methodist Historic Site

Date Posted: October 4, 2017       Categories: 49 History

By Larry Hayden

United Methodist Historic Site No. 534 plaque to be installed at Alaska Pacific University. Image courtesy Larry Hayden.

Alaska Pacific University will become a United Methodist Historic Site with the unveiling of a plaque on Friday October 6th at Grant Hall on campus at 1:15 p.m. followed by a reception, for which an RSVP is appreciated at 333-5050.

Jesse Lee Home alumnus Rev. P. Gordon Gould, an Aleut from Unga, initiated the effort to establish a university in Alaska in 1948 with the intent of training local people for leadership in local employment. Alaskan communities and businesses provided great sums of money along with the Methodist Church to kick-start the educational institution that continues today on a track to become a Tribal University connected with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

Alaska Pacific University is rooted in the Methodist Tradition. In the 1950s during the preliminary building of the campus, Bishop A. Raymond Grant, based in Portland, had administrative control of Alaskan Methodist happenings and the main building is named for him. The Dormitory across the road was named for Rev. Gould.

Since classes started in 1960 hundreds of students have experienced a wide-ranging curriculum for personal development and business acumen.

The United Methodist Church recognizes the contributions that Alaska Methodist University/Alaska Pacific University has made during the past 57 years and has designated the campus as United Methodist Historic Site No. 534. An Historic Site is a location or structure associated with an event, development, or personality deemed of strong historic significance in the history of an Annual Conference, such as Alaska.

Alaska has two other United Methodist Historic Sites: #350 for the Jesse Lee Home in Unalaska, and #368 for the First United Methodist Church in Ketchikan.

This designation will alert United Methodist travelers and others around the globe that APU would be an appropriate place to visit, and support.

Knik Lecture Series: October 12, 2017

Date Posted: October 3, 2017       Categories: News

Knik Lecture Series: Exploring the Pacific World

From the Pleistocene Ice Ages to its ‘hundred language’ city, Alaska has served as an ecological, strategic, and cultural crossroads that continues to connect the continental United States to the broader Pacific World.  Please consider joining us for the second of the fall lectures, as we explore Alaska’s Pacific story, and how Alaskans made history via land, sea and air.

The Knik Lecture Series aims to present fresh interpretations and perspectives on WWII, in order to better remember, understand, and honor those who sacrificed so much 75 years ago today.

What:  Routes to War, Victory and Freedom

Where: Eagle River High School Multipurpose Room

When: October 12, 7pm

Public Reception:

Author Meet & Greet, Book Signing with UAA Bookstore

Connect Knik!

Featured Speakers:

Moderator: David Ramseur, Melting the Ice Curtain

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Filmmakers, Making Untold Stories, War Stories

Katherine Ringsmuth, UAA Adjunct Professor of History, Building the Alcan Highway




Keynote Address:

Craig Lang, Director of the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation, Code Name ALSIB: The Story of Lend Lease and the Alaska-Siberia Air Route

Ivan Hodes, Deputy Director, Friends of the Nike Site Summit, The Cold War in Cook Inlet


This is a free event and family friendly.

The Knik Lecture Series is a collaboration between UAA, Anchorage School District and Tundra Vision that connects local issues to global experiences and brings civic engagement to the community.

For more information contact Katherine Ringsmuth at 830-2251 or visit Tundra Vision on facebook for event details.

Cook Inlet Historical Society announces 2017-2018 Lecture Series

Date Posted: October 2, 2017       Categories: 49 History

By Bruce Parham

150 Years:  Defining Moments in the Great Land
Cook Inlet Historical Society 2017-2018 Lecture Series

(Free and Open to the Public)

Left to right: Robert S. Chase; William H. Seward (Secretary of State); William Hunter; Mr. Bodisco; Baron de (Eduard) Stoecki (Russian diplomat); Charles Sumner; and Frederick W. Seward. ASL-P20-181, http://vilda.alaska.edu. Courtesy of Alaska State Library—Historical Collections. A print from the painting by Emanuel Leutze showing the Alaska Purchase.


Cook Inlet Historical Society 2017-2018 Lecture Series
Anchorage Museum Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
Third Thursday of the month (September – November and January – May)
Summer Solstice Cemetery Tour (Thursday, June 21, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery, 7th and Cordova Streets, enter at Bagoy Gate)

The theme of 2017-2018 Cook Inlet Historical Society lecture series is 150 Years:  Defining Moments in the Great Land. This year marks the sesquicentennial of the Treaty of Cession between Russia and the United States (1867-2017).  Over the past century and a half, Alaska has undergone remarkable change.  Its Native population has persisted and thrived; settlers have arrived from around the world; the culture and economy of the territory and then the state has transformed several times.  Throughout the fall and spring of 2017-2018, the Cook Inlet Historical Society will present lectures on some of the topics that have defined Alaska’s history since the cession.




September 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m.  
Anchorage Museum Auditorium, 625 C St. (enter through 125 W. 7th Ave. entrance)

Speaker:  Mike Dunham, Award Winning Author and Editor and Reporter (retired), Alaska Dispatch News
Topic: The Man Who Bought Alaska:  William H. Seward and The Man Who Sold Alaska:  Tsar Alexander II of Russia

Longtime Alaska reporter Mike Dunham has written a pair of short biographies that tell the stories of the most important diplomats in the 19th century—Tsar Alexander II of Russia and American Secretary of State William Henry Seward.  He will discuss the lives of the men who arranged the United States’ acquisition of Russian America in 1867.

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 7:00 p.m.  
Anchorage Museum Auditorium, 625 C St. (enter through 125 W. 7th Ave. entrance)
Topic: Treaty of Cession:  Causes and Consequences:  A Panel Discussion

UAA Distinguished Professor Emeritus Stephen Haycox will moderate a panel discussion with Russian historians about why Russian America was sold to the United States and three indigenous speakers who will examine the consequences of the 19th century Americanization of Alaska and the later Cold War.  Participants include Sergei Grinev of St. Petersburg, Russia; Ilya Vinkovetsky of Simon Fraser University of British Columbia; Andrei Znamenski of the University of Memphis, Tennessee; archivist/historian Joaqlin Estus (Tlingit); and Andrey Khalkachan, a Native of eastern Siberia.

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 7:00 p.m.  
Anchorage Museum Auditorium, 625 C St. (enter through 125 W. 7th Ave. entrance)

Speaker: Katherine L. Arndt, Alaska and Polar Regions Bibliographer and Curator of Rare Books and Maps, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Topic: Russia’s American Colonies in 1867:  A Baseline

Though the Russian-American Company (RAC) was ostensibly a trading firm, as an imperially chartered monopoly it had many non-commercial responsibilities in Russia’s North American colonies, including medical care, education, support of the Orthodox Church, and assistance to company pensioners.  With departure of the RAC following the transfer of Alaska to US ownership, any Company-supported institutions were significantly crippled or entirely swept away.  It took time before they were restored or replaced under US rule.

No December Lecture

Thursday, January 18, 2018, 7:00 p.m.  
Anchorage Museum Auditorium, 625 C St. (enter through 125 W. 7th Ave. entrance)

Speaker: Rex Wilheim, President and COO of the North West Company International, Inc., owner of the Alaska Commercial Company
Topic: The Alaska Commercial Company, 150 Years of Operation

The Alaska Commercial Company (ACC) began mercantile services in Alaska within months of the Treaty of Cession.  Early company activities included fur trading, banking, shipping, and building infrastructure as well as operating an exclusive 20-year lease of the lucrative Pribilof Islands fur seal industry.  This presentation details the 150 years of ACC operations in Alaska.

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 7:00 p.m.  
Anchorage Museum Auditorium, 625 C St. (enter through 125 W. 7th Ave. entrance)

Speaker: Bethany Buckingham Follett, Curator, Wasilla Museum and Visitor’s Center
Topic: Wasilla at 100:  Where Mining, Agriculture, and Commerce Converge

Wasilla was founded in 1917 when the Alaska Railroad intersected the Carle Wagon Road that headed into the Willow Creek Mining District.  Miners were supplied by merchants in Wasilla and a thriving community emerged.  Well-known members of the early community, how their history shaped Wasilla, and the activities of the centennial celebration that brought these stories and history to life will be discussed.

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 7:00 p.m.  
Anchorage Museum Auditorium, 625 C St. (enter through 125 W. 7th Ave. entrance)

Speaker: JBER Command Staff
Topic: Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Mission and Units:  Why We Are Here

Alaska’s strategic military position is based on geography.  Alaska is an ideal hub for the great “Over-the-Pole” circle routes connecting the Orient with Europe and North America.  JBER’s location is much closer to the Orient and Europe than many parts of the contiguous United States, and provides an ideal staging for a rapid military response capability today, just as it did during World War II and the Cold War.  In this lecture, JBER Command Staff will discuss the strategic geopolitical importance of Alaska today and in the past.

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7:00 p.m.  
Anchorage Museum Auditorium, 625 C St. (enter through 125 W. 7th Ave. entrance)

Speaker:  Tim Bradner, economics and natural resources writer for Alaska professional and general-interest publications, with a specialty in energy and oil and gas
Topic: $141 billion since 1977!  Where’d all the money go?  A historical perspective of Alaska’s petroleum industry and state government

Mr. Bradner will review the history and development of Alaska’s petroleum industry from its early days until the present.  He will discuss the interconnections between the industry and the development of Alaska’s state government and economy.  He will speak to current problems and challenges facing both the state and industry as the worldwide energy industry appears to enter a period of surplus and lower prices.

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7:00 p.m.  
Anchorage Museum Auditorium, 625 C St. (enter through 125 W. 7th Ave. entrance)

Speaker: Panelists:  TBA
Topic: ANILCA:  A discussion about how the “Alaska Lands Act” of 1980 came to be, what it contains, and how it has shaped Alaska

This concluding lecture will discuss the federal government’s role in managing public land in Alaska.  The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) signed into law in 1980, was an achievement in the environmental movement and an important domestic achievement in the environmental movement and an important domestic achievement for the Carter administration, according to some.  Others view it as federal overreach and a law that has continued to hinder Alaska’s economic development.  Whatever your perspective, few would disagree that ANILCA profoundly transformed the management of Alaska’s public lands.  The panel discussion features a diversity of analysis as we come to grips with, and better understand, this landmark legislation.

Thursday, June 21, 2018 (Summer Solstice, 7:00 p.m.)
Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery, 7th & Cordova Streets (Bagoy Gate)
24th Annual John Bagoy Memorial Cemetery Tour                                  

Hosts: Audrey and Bruce Kelly

Following annual tradition, Audrey and Bruce Kelly will select a number of gravesites prominent residents buried at the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery for a fascinating historical review of our community in a different era.  Please enter the Cemetery at Bagoy Gate—7th and Cordova Streets.  There will be a printed souvenir brochure.

Alaska Sesquicentennial Event

Date Posted: September 8, 2017       Categories: News


When:  September 13, 2017, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Where: Noel Wien Library in Fairbanks

A video conference discussion featuring:

Wayne Jensen, Architect, Jensen Yorba, Lott, Juneau

Terrence Cole, Historian, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Stephen Haycox, Historian, University of Alaska Anchorage

Aaron Leggett, Historian and Curator, Anchorage Museum

Ross Coen, Historian and Doctoral Candidate, University of Washington

This event is sponsored by the Alaska Library Network and the OWL Program (Online With Libraries) with funding from the Alaska Historical Commission.