I’m currently in Alaska conducting research for an environmental history of the Polar Regions. So far I’ve visited Anchorage, Cordova, and Valdez, and my research has mostly focused on the history of the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster. The archives at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks were very useful, although memorial day weekend reduced my research time a little. I’ve also been very impressed with the history museums in all three towns I’ve visited. The Anchorage Museum was particularly impressive, although its displays on the trans-Alaska pipeline and Exxon Valdez oil spill are noticeably less critical than the displays in Cordova and Valdez.