Book Signing with Mary Ehrlander

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    Thursday, September 20th

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    Author Mary Ehrlander will be signing copies of her book, Walter Harper: Alaska Native Son at the City Museum on September 22nd from 10:30am-Noon. September 22nd is also Museum Day and admission to the Juneau-Douglas City Museum will be FREE all day.

    The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is located at 114 West 4th St. Copies of Walter Harper: Alaska Native Son will be available for purchase in the Museum Store.

    Ehrlander is a professor of history at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the director of Arctic and Northern Studies. Her book, Walter Harper: Alaska Native Son, details the life of a remarkable Irish-Athabascan man named Walter Harper. Harper was an Alaska Native mountain climber and guide. In 1913, at the age of 20, he became the first person to reach the summit of Denali (Mount McKinley). In 1918 Harper married Frances Wells and had plans to attend medical school in Philadelphia after his honeymoon aboard the Princes Sophia. Harper’s life was cut short at the age of twenty-five when the Princess Sophia hit Vanderbilt Reef and sank. Both Walter and Frances Harper are buried in Evergreen cemetery.

    Following the book signing at the City Museum, Ehrlander will give an author’s talk at the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff (APK) State Libraries, Archives, and Museum from 2:00-3:00pm. This program will be recorded for later broadcast on 360 North and on the web at This event is co-sponsored by the Alaska State Library and Collections, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum and the Juneau Public Libraries as part of The Great American Read. Programming for The Great American Read is offered as part of a grant from the American Library Association and PBS.

    Price: FREE

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    Juneau-douglas City Museum
    114 W 4th St

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