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Library to host discussion on Stevens, pipeline


Fairbanks, Alaska — The University of Alaska Fairbanks Elmer E. Rasmuson Library will host a celebration of 
the second annual Ted Stevens Day Wednesday, July 18.

The exhibit opening and presentation, “Pipeline Politics & People: Reflecting on 35 Years of the Trans-Alaska 
Pipeline System,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Level 3 of the library. The new exhibit will feature items 
related to the pipeline’s development. A reception will follow the speakers’ presentations.

The event will focus on the early years of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System and will feature recollections 
of the era by former pipeline workers, plus discoveries from the Ted Stevens Papers Project. Stevens was an 
aggressive pipeline advocate and the collection of his papers, film footage and other items offers insight 
into the process that made the pipeline possible.

Speakers will include Dirk Tordoff of the Alaska Film Archives at the library, who will present film footage 
of pipeline construction and the political effort that made it possible. Mary Anne Hamblen, archivist for 
the Ted Stevens Papers, will talk about Stevens’ part in the conception and building of the pipeline. And 
two TAPS veterans and Alyeska Pipeline Service Company employees, John Baldridge and Lorena Hegdal, will 
speak about their experiences in the early pipeline days.

The Ted Stevens Papers Project at the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library is supported by BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. 
and the Ted Stevens Foundation.

ADDITIONAL CONTACTS: Suzanne Bishop, library development officer, at 907-474-6997 or  sbishop@alaska.edu.
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