JBU Professor Lectures at Anchorage Centennial Celebration

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JBU Professor Dr. Preston Jones delivered a lecture at the Anchorage Centennial Celebration before touring the state to conduct research for his fourth book on Alaskan history.

SILOAM SPRINGS, ARK. (July 28, 2015) – Dr. Preston Jones, John Brown University’s associate professor of history, delivered a lecture in Anchorage, Alaska as a part of the city’s centennial celebration on July 9 at The Anchorage Museum.

The lecture, televised on C-Span, surveyed the distinct influence Anchorage has had regionally, nationally and internationally in the past 100 years.

Jones first became interested in Alaskan history when he married Anne Keffer whose family lives in Anchorage, but his interest peaked when he discovered microfilms of early 1900’s Alaskan newspapers in the Loussac Library in Anchorage in 2003.

Jones has since published three books on Alaskan history: “The City for Empire: An Anchorage History, 1914 – 1941” (2010), “Empire’s Edge: American Society in Nome, Alaska, 1898-1934” (2006) and “The Fires of Patriotism: Alaskans in the Days of the First World War 1910-1920” (2013).

After giving his lecture in Anchorage, Jones toured Alaska for two additional weeks to give a lecture at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and to conduct research for his fourth book on the American and British interplay in the far northwest between 1880 and 1917.

Jones earned his doctoral degree in history from the University of Ottawa in 1999 and has received several awards including a Fulbright Scholarship for study in Canada and a fellowship with the Pew Program in Religion and American History.

Jones has authored a total of eight books and contributed over 200 articles to academic journals, newspapers, magazines and websites. His books may be purchased at Amazon.com.

John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked No. 1 overall and a Best Value among Southern regional colleges by U.S. News. JBU enrolls more than 2,800 students from 42 states and 40 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, degree completion and concurrent education programs. JBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and a founding member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.

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