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8/1/2008

EAC’s Discovery Park Campus opens lecture series with “Alaska: Noah’s Legacy”

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[Click Image to Enlarge] EAC’s Discovery Park Campus opens its cultural lecture series with “Alaska: Noah’s Legacy” at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 9 in the Jupiter Room. Pictured are caribou on the Arctic Refuge coastal plain with the Brooks Range mountains in the background. [Contributed photo]
 

By Todd Haynie

THATCHER, AZ—EAC’s Discovery Park Campus will open its expanded cultural lecture series at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 9 in the Jupiter Room, with a slide show program entitled “Alaska: Noah’s Legacy.”

By popular request, Dean Harry Swanson will devote four of this semester’s programs to topics on Alaska. The remaining programs will continue with a southwest cultural focus and will deal with ancient peoples, local area history, and flora and fauna of this region. Alaska, “America’s Last Frontier,” is a land of superlatives and extremes:

• Seventeen of America’s tallest mountains are found in Alaska. The tallest, Mount McKinley (called Denali, or “The Great One,” by Alaskans), rises 20,320 feet above sea level.

• If Alaska were stretched over the lower 48 states, its landmass would cover the area equivalent to that of Santa Barbara, California to Savannah, Georgia.

• The Roosevelt Elk, transplanted to Afognak Island from Washington State in the 1930s, has grown larger than any of its original population.

• The American Bison, transplanted to Alaska in the 1930s, also grew larger.

• Sport-caught King Salmon approach 100 lbs.

• “Barn Door” halibut can weight over 400 lbs.

Alaska is truly Alaqsha – the Great Land!

This brief lecture will examine many of the fish, fowl, and large and small animals that Swanson encountered in his 23 years as an Alaskan resident. The public, including families, is invited to this free program as the Discovery Park Campus kicks off another semester of entertaining and educational programming.

For more information about this program, the lecture series, or the Discovery Park Campus, contact Swanson at (928) 428-6260.

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