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CWN Alaskan Authors Series

Tonight: Mike Dunham

Join us tonight at 5:30pm for the first in a series of Wednesday evening programs with Alaskan authors on topics ranging from the 150th anniversary of the Alaska purchase to space exploration at the Anchorage Museum Chugach Gallery (4th floor).

Mike will bring us an engaging tour of his two books celebrating Alaska’s sesquicentennial, “The Man Who Sold Alaska” and, “The Man Who Bought Alaska”.

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

Brian E. Davies Chugach Gallery (4th floor)

625 C Street

Please use the main entrance of the museum and sign-in with the

Commonwealth North sign-in sheet at the front desk.

August 23rd


Mike Dunham

The Man Who Sold Alaska: Tsar Alexander II of Russia

The Man Who Bought Alaska: William H. Seward


Tonight, we welcome Alaskan Author, Mike Dunham. A native of Pampa, Texas, Mike lived as a small child in the western Alaska Native village of Quinhagak in the 1950s where he saw elders said to have been born when the territory was part of the Russian Empire. He is a graduate of Anchorage West High School.

After Alaska became a state, he studied history at the University of Washington in Seattle. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. Over the past 50 years he has worked in a variety of jobs at Alaska radio stations and as an editor, reporter and arts critic at the Anchorage Times, Anchorage Daily News, and Alaska Dispatch News.

Mike is the author of several entries in “Frommer’s Guide to Alaska” and has been a contributor to the BBC, Opera, Orion and Reason Magazines. He is the co-editor of Osahito Miyaoka’s “A Grammar of Central Yupik.”