Summer Arts and Lectures Series

Our Summer Arts & Lectures Series promotes the arts and sciences as integral and necessary components of an educated and enlightened existence. This program is organized to inspire personal discovery, creativity, and intellectual inquiry. We hope to sustain an inclusive community by presenting relevant, unique, entertaining, and diverse events including performances, films, and lectures in the Kennicott Valley.

Most of our lectures and arts presentations are free to members and highlight the incredible talent housed in or drawn to this small mountain community. This series is sponsored in part by the National Park Service. Many of the events are held in the Kennecott Recreation Hall and others occur at our McCarthy campus. Please check back for an expanding list of specific dates and times. FREE to current members. There is a $5 suggested donation for non-members unless noted otherwise and WMC membership is available at each event, or sign up here. Please write to with questions.

Check out past SALS schedules here. 

Lecture notices are also typically announced on our Facebook page, like us to stay up to date on the latest scheduling news. If you are interested in giving a lecture at the Wrangell Mountains Center, please contact our Executive Director at to submit a proposal.

2019 Schedule

  • Thursday, June 6 -  St. Elias Expedition Slide Show: Join us at the Kennecott Rec. Hall for an evening of awe inspiring photographs of a recent climbing expedition on Mt. St. Elias , the second highest peak in the US and Canada (18.008 ft). Climbed scarcely more than fifty times since the first ascent in 1897, this remote summit offers experienced climbers a world class mountaineering challenge. 8 pm at Kenncott Recreation Hall

  • Sunday, June 9 - Spring Migrations, Bird Habits, and Habitats: A Walk with Mark Vail: Meet in front of the Old Hardware Store for a fun, informative bird walk. Coffee, tea, and coffeecake will be served. Meets at 8 am.

  • Friday June 28- Icelandic movie premiere and slideshow with Paul Scannell: Come for an evening of photographic wonder and awe inspired by moody northern landscapes. Paul’s Alaskan work has been exhibited in both London and Dublin and he is looking forward to showcasing some of his McCarthy photos that display magic and warmth of the folk who make the place so unique. 7 pm at Porphyry Place.

  • Sunday, June 30- A concert with classical guitarist Jurgen Ogrodnik: Enjoy an evening of live music with friends, family, and loved ones, in this world class acoustical venue. 5:30-7pm at the Kennecott Recreation Hall. $20/ticket.

  • Wednesday, July 31st-Riversong Showcase and Community Word Jam: Come enjoy original songs, poems, & stories from the teaching faculty of this year’s Riversong Workshop. Or sign up to perform at our acoustic open-mic music & word jam (original work only, 5 mins max). 7-9 pm at Porphyry Place.

  • Tuesday, August 6th-Living Room Concert with Michelle McAfee: Enjoy and evening of live music in a warm and friendly space. Perfect for a date night or a night out with friends! 8pm at Porphyry Place.

The Wrangell Mountains Center is supported in part by the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Banner Photo: Nathaniel Wilder