Libraries are traditionally imagined as places where people sit and read or do homework, but this concept is changing. At the Mountain View Neighborhood Library the library and community room have become the living room for the people to come and share ideas, converse, and grow. The Tundra Vision Lecture Series offers a space for lay people to learn about the history of Alaska – exploring concepts of origin, identity, and meaning – while looking at how stories from Alaska’s past are impacting the lives of people today.
Katie Ringsmuth, a professor at UAA and the creator of the Tundra Vision program, sees the lectures as a way to bring people together and make history accessible, creating real connections outside of the academy. Programs like Tundra Vision bring together the exploration of ideas in a safe place and furthers the concept that places like the Mountain View Neighborhood Library, and Anchorage Public Library as a system, is really the living room for a community.
Tundra Vision programs are from 6-8 pm at the Mountain View Neighborhood Library:
Thursday, September 27 - The Greater Friendship Baptist Church Project and Civil Rights
Thursday, October 25 - The NN Cannery History Project: Fishing Industry and Forgotten Diverse Cannery Workers
Thursday, November 15 - Morgan Blanchard, World War II Japanese Internment Camp at Fort Richardson