Called by Wild Alaska

Called by Wild Alaska

Richard Jones  and tales of three vintage characters; explorer Harold McCracken, naturalist Dick Proenneke and excerpts from poems by Robert Service. Called by wild Alaska is free and open to the public, 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 13.

Richard Jones was a backcountry ranger in the Alaskan wilderness for four years.

Harold McCracken was an explorer in Alaska and the Arctic during the 1910s and 1920s.  McCracken later became the first director of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West where an exhibition of his Alaskan adventures is currently on display.

The documentary “Alone in the Wilderness” chronicles Dick Proenneke’s life of solitude in the Alaskan bush. It is frequently aired by Wyoming Public Broadcasting Service.

Dick Proenneke’s memoirs, “One Man’s Wilderness” and “Alone in the Wilderness” are available at the library. The library has “Alone in the Wilderness” in print and video.

Richard became friends with Dick while working in Alaska’s Lake Clark National Park.

Richard’s presentation will be interspersed with verses from the Robert Service poems “I’m Scared of It All,” “The Cremation of Sam McGee,” “The Men That Don’t Fit In” and “The Spell of the Yukon” which are about the Alaskan frontier and gold rush.

A former National Park Service law enforcement ranger, Richard is active in the Draper Natural History Museum golden eagle research project. He works in the Yellowstone back-country and is engaged in public speaking.

For more information on Richard’s mission to promote awareness and encourage responsible use of natural resources visit