ALASKA DAY FESTIVAL - Sitka, Alaska
Alaska Day Festival annually commemorates the Purchase 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.
2015 Festival trustees are Ted Allio (chairman), Joan Berge, Helen Cunningham (treasurer), Steve Dalquist (vice chairman), LT Chris Enoksen, Jen Houx, Lisa Langenfeld, Marsha Lysons, Elaine Strelow (secretary), Linda Trierschield, MaryLou Vilandre, and Ann Wilkinson.
2015 Festival Theme: "Meet me at the Centennial"
Coming up soon...
Alaska Day Committee planners next meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, ....
Please join us for Alaska Day Festivities - October 11-18, 2015. The Alaska Day Ball is October 17th at the Odess Theatre, Allen Hall, Sheldon Jackson Campus.
Background photos are used by permission of the Sitka Historical Society and Museum.
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.
The first recorded celebration of Alaska Day, in 1949, was highlighted by the unveiling of the bronze statue of "The Prospector" on the lawn of the Pioneer's Home. Molded by sculptor Alonzo Victor Lewis is the image of William Fonda, better known as "Skagway Will", the two-ton statue is a tribute to Alaska's pioneers.