Joe Wilkins -- Author

Please join us in Maldaners Upstairs at 5:30 p.m. to hear author JOE WILKINS describe his explorations of Gates of the Arctic National Park in Alaska.  Joe is a professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Springfield.  He grew up in what is now the Shawnee National Forest of southern Illinois. He has a life-time of wilderness experience and has hiked, climbed, and backpacked in national parks and other wilderness areas throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Beginning in 1966 with his training in arctic-wilderness-survival as a young military officer, Wilkins focused his arctic wilderness explorations in and around the mountains of the Brooks Range in northern Alaska prior to the creation of Gates of the Arctic National Park in 1980. In this place, the forces of nature are unrestrained and the arctic ecosystem is unaltered. It is a spectacular area. It is rugged, free, wild, and remote. His book, “Gates of the Arctic National Park: Twelve Years of Wilderness Exploration,” reports Joe’s explorations of the area in and around North America’s premier wilderness between 2005 and 2017. Visitors are welcome to join us to hear this exciting presentation and may enjoy a fine buffet dinner for only $12.00.