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Cook Inlet Historical Society
7:30 p.m.
Cook Inlet Historical Society presents “Watch the Skies: Alaska During the Cold War” with Terrence Cole, Professor of History, University of Alaska Fairbanks. The impact of World War II on Alaska was phenomenal, but it was only the beginning. As the Cold War erupted between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. in the late 1940s, the former allies that had together defeated the Nazis quickly became mortal enemies, with Alaska in the middle. The United States government fortified Alaska as the front line of American defenses, and even more than the Gold Rush of half-a-century before, the Cold War Rush transformed life in the territory, socially, economically and politically. If Alaska had truly been the "Achilles' Heel" of the U.S. in the 1930s, it had become the spear and shield of the 1950s, the polar front in a bi-polar world. This event is part of the Cook Inlet Historical Society’s monthly lecture series. For more information, contact Jim Barnett at Free