Conference schedule

September 8 - 10, 2013

Sunday, 8th September 
All dayArrivals, checking and registration at the conference hotel,
River's Edge Resort 
4200 Boat Street 
Fairbanks AK 99709  
Phone +1 907 474 0286
18:00Symposium begins with Reception at the conference hotel.
Monday, 9th September 

07:30 - 12:00

Registration in lobby, River’s Edge

08:00 - 10:00

Breakfast in Miner’s Hall 2, River’s Edge

10:00 – 15:15

Symposium, Miner’s Hall 1, River’s Edge

10:00 - 10:15

Introduction and Welcome
Bella Karr Gerlich, University of Alaska Dean of Libraries

10:15 - 11:00

Air-Age Arctic Cartography: How Aviation and the Second World War Put Alaska at the Center of the World
Terrence Cole, Director of the Office of Public History, University of Alaska Fairbanks

11:00 - 11:45

Looking Over Lt. Zagoskin’s Shoulder, or Sophisticated IMCoS Meets Wild Alaska, 1842-1844
Dee Longenbaugh, Observatory Books

12:00 - 13:30

Luncheon and Keynote Speaker, Miner’s Hall 2, River’s Edge
Mapping the Arctic in a Changing World
Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell, State of Alaska

13:30 - 14:15

How Legends and Spurious Voyage Accounts Determined the Shaped of Alaska on 18th Century Maps
Marvin Falk, Emeritus Arctic Biographer, University of Alaska Fairbanks

14:15 – 14:30


14:30 - 15:15

The (Virtual) Road Goes Ever On: Looking Ahead at Maps and Map Collecting
Dennis Moser, Head, Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks

16:00 - 17:30

Open House at Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks

18:00 - 20:00Dinner at Alaska Salmon Bake
Tuesday, 10th September 

07:30 - 10:00

Registration at River’s Edge

08:00 - 09:15

Breakfast in Miner’s Hall 2, River’s Edge

09:15 - 13:30

Symposium, Miner’s Hall 1, River’s Edge

09:15 - 10:00

Polar Treasures from the Vault
Dirk Tordoff, Former Curator of the Alaska Film Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks

10:00 - 10:45

Seven Ways to Map the World in 1500: A Collector’s Challenge
Wesley A. Brown, Managing Director, St. Charles Capital

10:45 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:45

In the Tracks of Arctic Explorers: Celebrating the Science and Beauty of Snow and Ice
Matthew Sturm, Geophysicist, University of Alaska Fairbanks

12:00 - 13:30

50,000 Feet and Climbing: Bradford Washburn’s Maps of Everest and Denali
Mike Sfraga, Vice Chancellor for University and Student Advancement, University of Alaska Fairbanks

14:00 - 16:30

Symposium, Conference Room #501, International Arctic Research Center

14:00 - 14:45

The Top Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Alaska
Ned Rozell, Geophysical Institute Science Writer, University of Alaska Fairbanks

14:45 - 15:00


15:00 - 15:45

Mapping Indigenous Alaska: A Brief History of Alaska Native Toponymy
Gary Holton, Director, Alaska Native Language Archive, University of Alaska Fairbanks

15:45 - 16:00

16:00 - 16:30

Tour of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute

17:00 - 18:30

University of Alaska Museum of the North


Travel to The Pump House Restaurant
Shuttle leaves Lobby, University of Alaska Museum of the North

For an early glimpse at some of the Rasmuson library’s holdings go to

Suggestions for Optional Excursions

Fairbanks is the second largest city in the 49th state with a metropolitan population close to 100,000, and serves as the focal point for hundreds of thousands of square miles in interior Alaska. Although surrounded by a vast wilderness of natural grandeur, the community of Fairbanks offers all the modern cultural, social and personal amenities. It has a world-class airport. Presentations are planned on topics such as the early depiction of the Northwest coast of America; Spanish cartographical legacy in the North Pacific; evolution of the map of ‘Russian America’ and American efforts to map Alaska following the 1867 purchase and others.

There are so many interesting things to see and do and this is a small selection of optional excursions you can arrange to do on your own. For one stop shopping to decide what to do you might consider a company like Alaska Tour and Travel which offers a variety of easy reservation and ticketing options.  (

If you prefer to arrange travel on your own, here are some of the attractions that we would recommend you explore online.

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