The remote, unforgiving landscape and colossal—and unpredictably unstable—mountain ranges of Alaska have kept at bay many a faint-hearted outsider, but the lure of this territory’s beauty, as well as its rich and vast resources, continues to entice adventuresome natives and outsiders alike. It Happened in Alaska goes behind the scenes to tell its story, in short episodes that reveal the intriguing people and events that have shaped The Land of the Midnight Sun. In an easy-to-read style that's entertaining and informative, Alaska resident Diane Olthius recounts some of her state's most captivating moments.
Diane Olthuis moved to Alaska in 1977 to teach on remote St. Paul Island. She has hiked the Chilkoot Trail, climbed Mount Denali, canoed the Yukon River, and kayaked Glacier Bay. The tiny community of Hope is her home, and is where she directs the Hope and Sunrise Historical and Mining Museum. Diane is the author of Historical Building Survey Report: Hope, Alaska and Goldpan, Trapline and Camera: The Harry A. Johnson Album.