Museum Lecture Examines Historical Legacy of 18th Century Naturalist Georg Steller
May 14, 2007
Steller was the first scientist to hypothesize an Asian origin for the indigenous of North America, and Steller's Jay and Steller's Sea Lion are named for him
Writer, naturalist and historian Dean Littlepage will visit the museum for a talk and book signing to discuss his new book Steller's Island: Adventures of a Pioneer Naturalist in Alaska at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at the Anchorage Museum.
Steller's Island examines the historical legacy of Georg Steller, the man recognized as the first scientist to set foot anywhere on the western half of North America, emphasizing his time spent on Kayak Island off Alaska's Gulf Coast. In 1741, Steller provided the first European accounts of the sea otter, sea lion, northern fur seal and more while on voyage with the Russian explorer Vitus Bering. In accounts of the Chugach and Aleut people, Steller was the first scientist to hypothesize an Asian origin for the indigenous of North America. Steller's Jay and Steller's Sea Lion are named for him. Steller's Island is a fascinating tale of the rewards and perils of exploration in this era. It is about the courage of scientific curiosity, even in uncharted waters, alien lands and desperate circumstances, including storms, scurvy and shipwreck.
Littlepage has been exploring Alaska for more than 20 years. He is author of the guidebook Hiking Alaska.
For more information call 343-6185.