The Cook Inlet Historical Society invites the public to “Anchorage in 1915: Its Founding and Significance to the World,” a lecture by Preston Jones.
Thursday, July 9
Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street (Museum Auditorium, enter through 7th Avenue entrance)
This presentation describes the century of growth and progress of Anchorage and reviews the town’s prospects at the time of its founding in July 1915.
The centennial of Anchorage’s founding comes on July 10, one hundred years after Andrew Christensen conducted the sale of lots on the newly established Anchorage Town Site on the bluff overlooking Ship Creek. When Anchorage was founded, much of the world was at war and the U.S. was becoming an industrial and economic power, growing rapidly with a large influx of immigrants. Since that time Anchorage not only became Alaska’s largest city but is also the base of American power in the far North.
Preston Jones is associate professor of history at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and the author of City for Empire: An Anchorage History, 1914-1941 and Empire’s Edge: American Society in Nome, Alaska, 1898-1934.
For more information about this and other lectures sponsored by the Cook Inlet Historical Society, please contact the Society at http://www.cookinlethistory.org