Aunt Phil’s Trunk Volume Five, the last book in this critically acclaimed Alaska history series, is chock full of stories from the Great Earthquake of 1964. I found true gold last year while sifting through the archives at the University of Alaska Consortium Library – firsthand accounts of people from all of the communities who lived through the quake and tsunamis that followed. Their riveting stories were recorded by a journalist two weeks after the event while the experiences were fresh in their minds.
This book also features stories about the controversy surrounding Native land claims in the Last Frontier. Stories highlight what happened between politicians, pipeline companies and Alaska’s First People that led to the largest settlement for Native Americans in U.S. history.
Volume Five shares stories about the trials and tribulations of building an 800-mile-long oil pipeline across some of the most remote and rugged country in the world. One of the stories in this book was the subject of a recent episode of Alaska Story Time with Aunt Phil on the Anchorage CBS affiliate KTVA Channel 11. Here is the link so you can watch the program:
Early trans-Alaska pipeline days
Many more entertaining short stories and hundreds of historical photographs fill the pages of Volume Five. Readers will learn how Homer residents collected millions of Betty Crocker coupons to purchase a much-needed firetruck; how Cordovans created a mythical creature to brighten up their long winter days; and how Anchoragites helped grow their local zoo by selling art done by their prolific painting pachyderm!
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