The following press release is courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service:
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center has completed its winter renovations and opens for the summer on May 1. With the opening, the center will also celebrate a new publication called Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier by Juneau photographer Mark Kelley and Haines writer Nick Jans.The center’s new bookstore, operated by non-profit partner Discovery Southeast, is hosting a special event for the book release on May 10 from 6-8 p.m. Kelley will give a short presentation from 6:15-6:45 p.m. in the center’s auditorium featuring some of his favorite images from the new glacier book. Discovery Southeast will have signed copies available.
The 80-page book contains the latest information about Mendenhall Glacier, while providing historical context to present the many meanings of Juneau’s famous glacier to visitors and residents. Color photos illustrate seasonal change, plus the significant landscape changes at Mendenhall caused by glacial recession.
The Forest Service’s new partnership with local and nature education oriented Discovery Southeast produced a fresh and welcoming appearance upon entry, in addition to an operational bookstore.
“This new partnership with Discovery Southeast will bring the work of more local artists to the visitor center,” said Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center Director John Neary. “It fits well with our desire to build a strong community connection with Juneau residents while offering relevant interpretive items for everyone.”
For more information contact the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center at 907 789-0097 or follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MendenhallGlacierVC/.