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Seward's Folly Celebrates an Anniversary

Image of the check used to buy Alaska, from Wikipedia.

Last month, a group of school children entered the library and returned many books about each of the 50 states.  They were excited to share their new-found knowledge. 

Since in January, Alaska celebrates its hard won 60th anniversary to become our 49th state, I wanted to point out resources our libraries have about the state once known as “Seward’s Folly”. 

For instance, did you know Alaska was purchased from Russia for just $7.2 million in 1867?  At 2 cents an acre that seems a pretty good bargain.

So if you’re traveling there or are an armchair traveler, check out these library nonfiction books and DVDs or choose a book of fiction that will give you a sense of life in Alaska.

81 days below zero : the incredible survival story of a World War II pilot in Alaska's frozen wilderness (2015) by Murphy, Brian

Discoveries America / Alaska (DVD) [videorecording] (2007)

Tip of the iceberg : my 3,000-mile journey around wild Alaska, the last great American frontier (2017) by Adams, Mark

Ultimate survival Alaska. [videorecording]. Season 1(DVD) (2013)

Alaska : off the beaten path : a guide to unique places (2008) by DeVaughn, Melissa.

Alaska (1988) by Michener, James A.FIC MIC

Alaska : Destiny's road : an inspirational love story from America's final frontier [large print] (2005) by Peterson, Tracie. Series: Thorndike Press large print Christian fiction series.

Alaska (2007) by Gill, Shelley. Lexile Measure: 910L, AR Reading Level: 5.6

L is for last frontier : an Alaska alphabet (2002)  by Crane, Carol AR Reading Level: 5.4

Sled dogs (2014) by Markovics, Joyce L. Lexile Measure: 510L, AR Reading Level: 2.2