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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 we 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.

“Frontier First Responders” is the focus theme chosen for 2019. Artwork for the 2019 commemorative button and merchandise was created by Norm Campbell, Tina Miller, and Steve Dalquist.

2019 Festival trustees are Ted Allio (chairman), Erin Arnold, Joan Berge, Steve Dalquist (vice chairman), Carol Hitchcock (treasurer), Jen Houx, Lisa Langenfeld, Mindy Lowrance (secretary), Marsha Lysons, Justin Mullenix, Elaine Strelow, Linda Trierschield, and MaryLou Vilandre.

Alaska Day Committee planners upcoming meeting: September 10, 17, 24, and October 1 and 8, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at 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, 2019.

The Alaska Day Ball is 7pm, Thursday, 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.