A new 360 North series will air on KYUK channel 15.3 beginning next Wednesday, January 23 at 8:00 pm.
Alaska Statehood Pioneers: In Their Own Words is a ten-part original television series of oral history documentaries produced in collaboration with the Alaska Film Archives at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, which will house the final productions, along with the original interviews, as an educational resource.
In 2004 extensive interviews were conducted with the remaining living delegates of the Alaska Constitutional Convention, those who worked at the convention, and other notable Alaskan figures. These interviews were conducted by historian Dr. Terrence Cole of the University of Alaska and public television producers. Many of these stories have never before been told. The video interviews have never been broadcast until now.
In the interviews, these great pioneer Alaskans recount their involvement in forming the constitution and the state. They also talk about themselves, their families, their lives in Alaska, the early days of Alaska as a territory and the journey to statehood. Nearly half of the participants interviewed for this series have since died including Judge Tom Stewart, Dr. George Rogers, Jay Hammond and Maynard Londborg.
The series will be broadcast weekly, statewide on 360 North on Wednesday nights at 8:00 pm. It will repeat again in prime time on the following Sunday evening at 7:00 pm each week. 360 North broadcasts in Bethel on KYUK – TV channel 15.3.
A web component will go live on 360north.org before the first broadcast. It will include video-on-demand files of each program, transcripts of the television program and full transcripts of the original interview with each statehood pioneer participant included in the series. The web page includes links to educational sites for further information.
Funding for Alaska Statehood Pioneers: In Their Own Words was made possible by support from The Alaska Committee, The Alaska Humanities Forum and the National Endowment for the Humanities.