AUBURN — Take a trip with Alan Elze to Alaska as Senior College and the Auburn Public Library host a Primetime Adventure at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at 49 Spring St.

Elze will narrate a digital journey into the heart of Alaska. Alaska, 17 times the size of Maine, hosts a wide variety of scenery: the highest point in the U.S., the most active glaciers in the world, mountains, the Inside Passage and many others.

Bought by Secretary of State William Seward in 1867 for $7.2 million dollars, about 2 cents an acre, it was referred to at the time as Seward’s Folly or the Nation’s Icebox. It has since proven to be a land of vast wealth. Gold was discovered in the Klondike region of the Yukon Territory triggering the Alaskan Gold Rush in 1898. And years later, oil was discovered in the far north, which led to the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

Alaska is also home to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad and Mt. McKinley, the highest point in North America. It is also home to the Alaskan Highway, constructed during WWII, an engineering feat that many thought could not be done.

Elze has traveled to Alaska once with his wife and plans to return. He has traveled throughout much of the world, compliments of the U.S. Navy, and has taught numerous classes on his travels. He is just completing a term as Senior College’s chairman of board of directors.


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