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Commemorating the 2017 Sesquicentennial of the Treaty of Cession


The 2017 Festival theme is “The Sesquicentennial Treaty of Cession”.

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.  The 2017 Sesquicentennial of the Treaty of Cession is being marked with events across the state of Alaska including Sitka.

Artwork for the 2017 commemorative button and merchandise was created through collaboration of Steve Dalquist, Norm Campbell, and Tina Miller.

2017 Festival trustees are Ted Allio (chairman), Joan Berge (treasurer), Betty Conklin, Helen Cunningham, Steve Dalquist (vice chairman), Jen Houx, Lisa Langenfeld, Marsha Lysons, Elaine Strelow (secretary), Linda Trierschield, and MaryLou Vilandre.

Alaska Day Committee planners next meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 12, 19, 26, and October 3 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, 2017.

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.