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Celebrating 67 Years of Alaska Day Festival


The 2016 Festival theme is “Celebrating Nursing in the Last Frontier”.

2016 Festival trustees are Ted Allio (chairman), Joan Berge, Betty Conklin, Helen Cunningham, Steve Dalquist (vice chairman), Jen Houx, Lisa Langenfeld, Marsha Lysons, Elaine Strelow (secretary), Linda Trierschield, MaryLou Vilandre, and Ann Wilkinson (treasurer).

Alaska Day Committee planners next meet at 6:30 p.m. will be announced here.

Festival information including schedule of events will be posted at 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, 2016.

The Alaska Day Ball is 7pm, Saturday, October 15th, Harrigan Centennial Hall.

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

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.