In the spring of 2017, “150 Years,” the Kenai Peninsula history conference was held to examine the area’s transfer from Russian to United States rule. It attracted a sold-out crowd to Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna.
Now, the conference organizers are pleased to announce publication of 150 Years: Proceedings of the 2017 Kenai Peninsula History Conference. The 317-page book includes information from the conference plus additional material about local history. Written for general readers, it is lavishly illustrated with maps, tables, and photographs both historic and new.
The 2017 event was the first local history conference held on the Kenai Peninsula since 1974. An official Alaska sesquicentennial event, it focused on the colorful but largely unknown 1800s, when Dena’ina, Sugpiat, Russian, and U.S. factions met in war and peace to transform the region. Speakers at the conference included not only historians but also archaeologists, linguists, journalists, a poet, a sculptor, a geologist, and a fisherman. Spanning three generations and diverse viewpoints, they came both from local communities and from as far away as Moscow.
The first copies of the book are now being distributed. The books retail for $29.95 each and are on sale at River City Books in Soldotna, The Homer Bookstore, and the Kasilof Museum and Historical Park.
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150 Years: Kenai Peninsula History Conference