The Juneau campus community and invited guests toasted the 25th anniversary of the Egan Library at a reception 5-7pm Friday March 27 in the library.
Friends of the library including Senator Dennis Egan and architect Tony Yorba made remarks and shared entertaining memories. Liana Wallace answered questions about the building's treasured NW Coast Native Art. John Unzicker provided a live guitar soundtrack.
Attendees had the opportunity to become founding members of the Friends of the Egan Library. A Sound and Motion presentation following the event featured Alaskan Andy Hall, author of Denali's Howl: the Deadliest Climbing Disaster on America's Wildest Peak. Hall was invited by the UAS Alumni and Development Office. In future years, the Friends of the Egan Library will host an annual Spring reception showcasing members of the UAS community who have published books in the previous year.
Named after William A. Egan, Chair of Alaska's Constitutional Convention and the state's first governor (1959-66, 1970-74), the university's 50,000-square-foot library opened in 1990. The architectural firms BOOR/A and Jensen Douglas jointly designed the facility and won a 1991 Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture from the American Institute of Architects. Skylights and expansive two-story windows provide natural daylight as well as views of Auke Lake and the surrounding rainforest. The Egan Library is locally renowned for its collection of Northwest Coast Native Art including wood carvings, basketry, and Ravenstail weaving. A grizzly bear skeleton, cleaned and prepared by a former student, is also on display on the lower level.