Alaska's history & art is vibrant, various & very much alive.
As we walk, we'll get a history of the sea otter trade which hastened Russia's sale to the U.S. for less than 2Â¢ per acre; the founding of Anchorage by the Alaska Engineering Commission; the serum run of 1925 "The Great Race for Mercy" and it's foundation for the modern day Iditarod; Alaska Native Elizabeth Peratrovich (the first Alaskan civil rights leader); Myrtle Stahlnackers "Club 35" for women only and more.
This eclectic History & Art walking tour takes us through public art installations that also draw on history. You will view art that is hidden, such as collaborations between local artists, but you will never find these unless you are in-the-know.Â
We'll see master ivory-carvers at work, view an extensive Native collection in a shop you won't discover without a knowledgeable guide, visit a Native cooperative of textile-arts woven from musk-ox fur, and we, by special agreement, also have access to some collections, even if the buildings are closed to the public. We'll see Balto the sled dog in bronze, the blue whale installation, the tribute to Alaska Native Elizabeth Peratrovich and if time allows, the statue of Captain Cook.
â€œThe dreamerâ€™sâ€¦explorer, sculptor, painter, poet, prophet, sageâ€¦the world is beautiful because they have lived.â€?Â
Tour: About 1.5 miles, 2 hours - $29
Arrive 15 minutes early to check-in.
All tours start downtown at the Log Cabin Visitors CenterÂ
524 W. 4th St. (4th & F St.)