Alaska's Winter Horizon

Alaska's Winter Horizon

Friday, April 23, 2010

Friday, April 23rd

Beautiful sunny day here in Anchorage. Got up into the mid 40s but that wind chilled it off dramatically. Greg had to walk to the Post Office alone this afternoon. SBF Mindy and I went to the Alaska Women's Show right down the street at the hockey arena. There were lots of vendors set up offering just about everything. I got plenty of pamphlets and brochures about massages, jewelry, trips, medical info, and much more. We snacked on all the free candy at the booths and got about 3 free reusable totes. The best part? I got a call when I got home to inform me that I won a $50 gift certificate to Premier Designs Jewelry. Yeah!!

There are 2 pictures from the library on the blog today. The statue is of William Henry Seward. There's a Tennessee connection here. Seems Seward was the Secretary of State under President Andrew Johnson (visit Johnson's home, tailor shop, and gravesite in Greeneville, TN if you get a chance- it's awesome). Seward is known more famously as the man who engineered the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867. He was ridiculed at the time with many in the press calling the purchase "Seward"s Folly" or "Seward's Icebox" or my personal favorite "Andrew Johnson's Polar Bear Garden". What most didn't realize at the time is that the purchase of 586,412 square miles of land for $7.2 million dollars is one of the smartest things the US Government has ever done. We acquired this massive piece of land, now Alaska, from Russia for just 2 CENTS AN ACRE!! In Alaska, there is a state holiday on the last Monday in March called Seward's Day. State offices and schools and such are closed. On the northwest coast of Alaska is Seward's Peninsula. This area was once covered by ice and snow and was part of the Bering Land Bridge. It was a thousand miles wide and connected Siberia with mainland Alaska.

The modern sculpture is also located at the library. No Tennessee connections here. In fact, I don't think either of us even understand it!

1 comment:

  1. Okay, so the sculpture looks like a butterfly or a bird in flight, my professional opinion! Not very attractive though. Would be more interesting if they let some flowering vines grow up it in the summer. Tennessee finished TCAPs this week, luckily I didn't have to do that, just managed to get thrown off of the playground because my students were too loud and disturbing the test takers. Right..........Laura Best