You may not be aware that right in our midst is a very special, talented and accomplished man! John Venables is an author, historical researcher, lecturer, veteran, (Major, US Army Reserves), thespian and “Alaska History Storyteller.”
John is the recipient of grants from both the Alaska Humanities forum and the Rasmuson Foundation to assist his “Alaska Living History” programs.
His published book, Journey to Statehood is a delightful read, containing facts, dramatizations and Alaska history that many have never had opportunity to learn.
The community is fortunate to have snagged John, for he is well-known and regarded in Southeast and elsewhere in the state. He has made many presentations at schools, libraries, museums, on television and even on open-air public sidewalks! John became acquainted with Michael Paschall, our own newspaper editor/publisher before settling
However, John also has family here – 3 doting daughters, 2 sons-in-law, grandchildren and many friends. So, lucky are we!
John’s mission and passion has not diminished in keeping Alaska history alive. On August 23rd he arranged a short program to observe Judge James Wickersham’s 158th birthday, one of ten “Alaska days of honor.” The next observance is October 6th, for William Egan,
the first elected Governor in 1959. Soon after of course is Alaska Day on October 18th . These observances keep John busy with his presentations!
Submitted by Judith Farrow