Spanish explorers sailed Southeast Alaska waters during the American Revolution and were the first Europeans to meet and describe the Tlingit people. Juneau anthropologist Wally Olson has studied and translated original handwritten journals of these early explorers and will show slides and maps and discuss their travels at 7 tonight in the Egan Library at the University of Alaska Southeast.
Olson said all Spanish officers were required to keep journals and about 24 have survived. A former anthropology professor at UAS, Olson began studying Spanish before he retired and later studied in Mexico so he could translate the journals.
Olson's presentation is the second in the Evening at Egan series at UAS. Next week geologist Cathy Connor presents "Disappearing Southeast Alaska Glaciers." All are free and open to the community.