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Commemorating the Transfer of Russian claim of Alaska to the United States of America at Sitka on October 18, 1867


Alaska Day Festival annually commemorates the Transfer of Russian claim of Alaska to the United States of America at Sitka on October 18, 1867, and celebrates the diversity of cultures and historical perspectives of our people. 

As Alaska Day Festival organizers focus on the annual commemoration of Alaska Day, we hope to inspire a deeper exploration into the cultures and history of the 1867 era.  We aim to stimulate the imaginations of our current generation, and to look beyond our own histories, and to better appreciate the experiences of others.

“Museums Preserving History” is the theme chosen for 2018 to recognize the important role of museums and other care takers of the stories and artifacts of historic events and many cultural traditions important in Sitka’s heritage.

Artwork for the 2018 commemorative button and merchandise was developed by collaboration of Tena Miller and Steve Dalquist.

2018 Festival trustees are Ted Allio (chairman), Erin Arnold, Joan Berge, Helen Cunningham, Steve Dalquist (vice chairman), Jen Houx, Lisa Langenfeld, Marsha Lysons, Elaine Strelow (secretary), Linda Trierschield, and MaryLou Vilandre.  Carol Hitchcock serves as Treasurer.

Alaska Day Committee planners next meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, September 25, and October 2 at Harrigan Centennial Hall.

Festival information including schedule of events will be posted at here on the Events page, on Facebook at alaskadaysitka, and advertised in local newspaper and radio.

Please join us for Alaska Day Festivities - October 10-18, 2018.

The Alaska Day Ball is 7pm, Tuesday, October 17th, Harrigan Centennial Hall. Please see Reservation page for more information.

Celebrating Alaska Day

In this place, Sitka, Alaska, on October 18, 1867, the great land of Alaska was transferred from Russia to the United States.

The Russian Double Eagle was lowered for the last time, and the Stars and Stripes made their first appearance over Alaskan soil in a ceremony formalizing the transfer of the territory of Alaska from Tsarist Russia to the United States of America at the incredible purchase price of approximately two cents per acre.

Background photos are used by permission of the Sitka Historical Society and Museum. The video below is by Paul FtizGibbon.