Events, History, Library Museum, Seward History

Oct. 26 program looks at local history

Resurrection Bay Historical Society will kick off its winter monthly lecture series “Fourth Thursdays: Our History” with a program at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 in the Community Room of the Seward Community Library Museum.

Dr. Fred E. Woods, professor in the College of Religious Education at Brigham Young University, will present “Melting the Ice: Launching Mormonism into Alaska (1900-2017),” which includes excerpts from a soon-to-be-published book and an upcoming documentary film on the topic. The hour-long program is free and open to the public.
Woods program flyer

He gave this presentation during the recent state conference of the Alaska Historical Society in Anchorage. For the local program, he will also share information about Mormon history in the community of Seward.


Woods is the author or coauthor of 15 books and nearly 100 academic articles, including a recent publication in the Alaska History journal on the first missionaries in Nome. He is also producer of several film documentaries. Professor Woods published two books this year, both dealing with the Hawaiian leprosy settlement of Kalaupapa on the island of Molokai.

Over the years, Woods has been a visiting professor at several universities and has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad. He held a Richard L. Evans Chair of Religious Understanding from 2005-2010, and this year was an Oxford Research Fellow at the Harris Manchester College. He is married to JoAnna Merrill, a former resident of the Fairbanks area.


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