Two women with strong Kodiak connections are among 50
people inducted as members of the Alaska Women's Hall of Fame sponsored by the University of Alaska Anchorage.
KMXT's Erik Wander has
Lydia Black, who spent the last six years of her life in
Kodiak before passing away here in 2007, was an educator, scholar and author.
Sven Haakenson of the Alutiiq
Museum was a personal
friend and admirer of Black's. He said nobody could be more deserving of being
inducted into the Hall of Fame.
-- (Haakenson 1 29 sec. "From her last book she wrote ... was quite phenominal.")
Haakenson said the
honor is a fitting tribute to a woman who contributed greatly to education,
history and art in Alaska.
-- (Haakenson 2 20 sec. "It is really an honor ... an amazing woman.")
inductees will be Natalya Shelikof, a Russian Colonist and Educator in Kodiak
in the late 18th Century. Dawn Black of Kodiak has been working on co-authoring
a book about Shelikof based on documents and letters for about the past 10
years. She feels Shelikof is deserving of the honor.
-- (Himes 2 24 sec. "It's have space for all that stuff
... space for everything.")
The mission of the Alaska Women's Hall of Fame is to honor
women whose contributions have influenced the direction of Alaska in fields including the arts,
athletics, business, education, government, health, the humanities, Native
affairs, philanthropy, community service, conservation, adventure, theology and
science. The Alaska
Women's Hall of Fame inducted its first group of honorees at the BP Energy
Center in Anchorage
I'm Erik Wander.