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Celebrating 66 Years of Alaska Day Festival


2015 Festival theme, “Meet Me at Centennial”, recognizes that central facility’s importance in our community life.

2015 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. on Tuesdays, September 22, 29, and October 6.

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 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.

Reenactment of the Transfer

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.