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1867-2017: 150 Years of Change - Sesquicentennial Presentation
Mendenhall Valley, circa 1867. Image created by Richard Carstensen.
2017 marks the 150th year since the United States purchased Russian interests in Alaska. What was Juneau like 150 years ago at the time of the purchase? Who lived in this area, and how did the land look compared to today? Explore these questions on Thursday, May 4th from 6:30-8:30pm during a free presentation by Discovery Southeast's Richard Carstensen, “1867-2017: 150 Years of Change, Áak’w Aani (small lake tribe land) at the time of purchase,” at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center (JACC), sponsored by the Friends of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. During his presentation, Carstensen will describe the Juneau area, or Áak’w Aaní (small lake tribe land), at the time of purchase, its human and natural history, as well as how the land has dramatically changed between that time and today. Richard Carstensen is well-respected local naturalist, who is the co-author of several books and one of the founders of Discovery Southeast. This project will also produce three exhibit panels that will hang in the Museum entrance starting this summer, so visitors can appreciate and learn about the homelands of the Áak’w Kwáan.