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Fairbanks Event – “Paved with Ice” with Amber Phillippe, Wednesday 10/15

Date Posted: October 11, 2014       Categories: 49 History

The Tanana Yukon Historical Society invites the public to “Paved with Ice: John Muir’s Road to the Glacier Gospel,” a lecture by Amber Phillippe.

Wednesday, October 15

7:00 p.m.

Pioneer Museum at Pioneer Park



This presentation describes the evolution of John Muir’s thoughts about nature, man and the formative powers of glacial movement.

Beginning in the Yosemite Valley, where he once wrote to his mentor, Jeanne Carr, “I am dead & gone to heaven,” Muir’s first winter in California began a lifelong obsession with glaciers and their spiritual importance to an increasingly industrialized world. His intellectual and spiritual pursuits led him throughout the Sierras and ultimately to Alaska, where his notions of glacial movement were proven in the churning ice of Glacier Bay. Gazing out upon the pristine wilderness, Muir was inspired to write, for the first time, his glacier gospel.

Equipped with a BA in Art History and an MLA in Landscape Architecture, Ms. Phillippe is currently enrolled in the UAF Northern Studies program.  Her current research focuses the cultural history of glaciers as they have been represented and understood by popular culture since the discovery of their role in natural history.

For more information about this and other lectures sponsored by the Tanana Yukon Historical Society, please call 488-3383 or e-mail<tyhs@alaska.net>.