Today’s guest on Morning Line featured Alaskan journalist David Ramseur, author of the book Melting the Ice Curtain: The Extraordinary Story of Citizen Diplomacy on the Russia-Alaska Frontier.
Ramseur will be moderating a discussion panel, along with other key figures, at the Anchorage Museum. The lecture series is about the Friendship Flight, a historic flight that aided in ending the Cold War. The purpose of this flight was to reunite people on both sides of the Bering Straits region. Due to the Cold War, people who had been operated for 40 years. They once again were able to come together. In 1988, the flight traveled from Nome to Provideniya, USSR.
The panel will recall moments of the flight, with key speakers Jim Stimpfle of Nome, who helped organize the flight, Gov. Cowper's Soviet affairs specialist Ginna Brelsford and economist and former director of UAA's Institute of Social and Economic Research Gunnar Knapp. Ramseur mentions a person in particular: Darlene Or of Sitka, who was one of the youngest natives on the flight. She spoke English, Siberian, Yukpik and Russian, the only American on the flight with this skill set. “Yeah she’s an incredible woman.”
The lecture series will be Thurday, May 31st at the Anchorage Museum in the Auditorium.
For more information, visit: https://www.anchoragemuseum.org/visit/calendar/details/?id=47316