Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Not-so-new videos

Well, they're new to us....
You may or may not be familiar with the television series Rain Country, which was produced by KTOO-Juneau in the mid-80's to mid-90's, but it was a fun little show. Every half-hour episode would feature stories about life in Southeast Alaska: the culture, the people, the arts, the wildlife. We already had about 40 episodes of this Alaskan staple, but the Alaska State Library very generously gave us another 3 dozen shows that we didn't have. We're slowly plugging away at cataloging them and getting them onto the shelves, and we have 5 new ones available. Learn about caving on Prince of Wales, transplanting mountain goats to Ketchikan, recipes for salmon eggs, life in a float house with no electricity or running water, and interviews with Nathan Jackson, Dolores Churchill and Ray Troll from the 1980's. This series is rapidly becoming a record of the way life used to be in Southeast, so be sure to try it out.
If you're looking for some more video nostalgia, we've also added The Great Alaska Cruise: a Doug Jones travelog (1990), and Glaciers of Southeast Alaska (1988). Glaciers don't change in 20 years - or if they do, it's glacially slow - but it's fun to remember when cruise ships held 700 people instead of 2100, and the streets were a little less crowded.

No comments: