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Celebrating 65 Years of Alaska Day Festival

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.

2014 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.

Coming up soon...

Alaska Day Committee planners next meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, ....

Festival information including schedule of events will be posted at www.alaskadayfestival.org 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, 2014

 

Celebrating Alaska Day

Reenactment of the Transfer

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.