The View from the Future 2017


The View from the Future 2017


Edited by Tricia Brown

ISBN: 978-0-692-03021-9


Fifty years after the Alaska Purchase Centennial 

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THE STATE OF ALASKA was three years old in January 1962, when Governor William A. Egan announced ambitious plans for the Alaska Purchase Centennial in 1967. In his State of the State address, Egan asked the Legislature to establish a commission to brainstorm and urge movers-and shakers around the state to join with them. With the promise of partial federal funding, The Commission invited proposals for Purchase Centennial building projects that would meet a local need and leave a lasting mark on communities. The wish list held a medical center, a library, community halls,convention centers, totem pole restorations, museums, and more.
As the Purchase Sesquicentennial approached, six writers and six photographers all-Alaskan notables-were asked to travel the state and share what became of those big ideas of 1967.
What they found was more than just a memory.

Published by the State of Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums