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Anchorage Centennial Legacy Book “From the Shores of Ship Creek” Now Available


As a part of the Anchorage Centennial Celebration, a legacy book was commissioned to share the rich and vibrant history of Anchorage. The book entitled “From the Shores of Ship Creek” will soon be available at retailers citywide and is now available to preorder at AnchorageCentennial.org.

The centennial book explores the eventful history of Anchorage through the eyes of people who lived through it and shaped the town, in ways large and small. Beginning with the indigenous Dena'ina and their successful trade and warfare over the area, from the perspective of elder Shem Pete, the story goes through the high-stakes political battle that determined the city's location, its growth through World War II, the Cold War, and the 1964 earthquake, and its eventual status as the dominant center of commerce and services for all of Alaska. Along the way, vivid stories of individual challenges and conflicts show how Anchorage gained its half-urban identity and its energetic personality.

“'From the Shores of Ship Creek' captures so many details about Anchorage’s history in a truly personal and unique way,” said Mayor Dan Sullivan. “It is a must read for those both familiar and unfamiliar with Anchorage.”

Author Charles Wohlforth is a lifelong Anchorage resident. His family moved from New York City to Turnagain in 1966, when he was three years old. His father, Eric, an attorney in public finance, was Commissioner of Revenue under Governor Bill Egan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Alaska Permanent Fund and wrote many of Alaska’s finance laws. His mother, Caroline P. Wohlforth, was President of the Anchorage School Board, a founder of two schools and other organizations, and a life-long community volunteer and leader. Charles served on the Anchorage Assembly 1993-1999. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University, a journalist and broadcaster, and the author of more than 10 books. He has four children.

“From the Shores of Ship Creek” was edited and published by Philip “Flip” Todd. Flip is a native of Washington, D.C., a graduate of the Sidwell Friends School and Boston University with a degree in government. He began work at Lappi’s Chevron in Gulkana, Alaska in 1969 where he was a proficient tire changer before joining the Anchorage Times that year as an obituary writer. He progressed to covering the Anchorage School board before being drafted into the U.S. Army.  He has written for Anchorage Daily News, the Anchorage Times, the Associated Press, Alaska Industry Magazine, Business Week and the Washington Post.  He has led Todd Communications for more than 35 years and developed it into a fully integrated publishing and publishing services company serving publishers ranging from the largest New York houses to regional and local concerns.

“From the Shores of Ship Creek” will be available at the following retailers: Title Wave Books, Barnes & Noble, Westco (Once In a Blue Moose), Mosquito Books (Anchorage International Airport), Alaska Native Heritage Center, Anchorage Museum, Cabin Fever, and many downtown Anchorage gift shops. The book will be available in soft and hardbound editions for $20 and $30, respectively.


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