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Daemon
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Alaska Day

Alaska Day commemorates the formal transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States on October 18, 1867. The event, which took place at Sitka, was a sad one for the Russian colonists who had already made Alaska their home. After the transfer, Alaska was eventually organized as a territory and maintained this status until it became a state on January 3, 1959. Today the lowering of the Russian flag and the raising of the Stars and Stripes is reenacted every year as part of this festival in Sitka. Other events include a parade and a period costume ball. More...
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Alaska Day
Alaska Day commemorates the formal transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States on October 18, 1867. The event, which took place at Sitka, was a sad one for the Russian colonists who had already made Alaska their home. After the transfer, Alaska was eventually organized as a territory and maintained this status until it became a state on January 3, 1959. Today the lowering of the Russian flag and the raising of the Stars and Stripes is reenacted every year as part of this festival in Sitka. Other events include a parade and a period costume ball.
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I wonder do people in Homer, Alaska have something resembling Moe pubThink
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In my humble opinion, a great strategic move made by the Americans - a visionary move, if I may.
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Alaska Day
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Alaska Day
Type of Holiday: Historic
Date of Observation: October 18
Where Celebrated: Alaska, primarily Sitka
Symbols and Customs: Costume Ball, Cultural Performances, Memorial, Parade, Sporting Events, Transfer Ceremony Reenactment

ORIGINS

Alaska Day commemorates the formal transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States, which occurred on October 18, 1867. U.S. Secretary of State William Henry Seward had been pressing for the acquisition of Alaska as early as 1860, but negotiations took several years to complete. On March 29, 1867, Seward reached an agreement with the Russians by which the U.S. would purchase the territory of "Russian North America" for $7.2 million-about two cents per acre of land.

Many Americans criticized the idea, believing the purchase price to be too high for what was regarded as a frozen wasteland. Seward was publicly ridiculed, the Alaskan territory became known as "Seward's Icebox," and the proposed acquisition was referred to as "Seward's Folly." Nevertheless, the purchase was approved by the U.S. Congress, and the transfer was finalized in a ceremony held in Sitka, Alaska. But even the harshest critics changed their opinion about the value of the land when gold was discovered in Alaska in 1896, bringing thousands of people to the region during the Klondike Gold Rush.

As a historic holiday, Alaska Day commemorates a significant historical event. People throughout the world remember significant events in their histories. Often, these are events that are important for an entire nation and become widely observed. The marking of such anniversaries serve not only to honor the values represented by the person or event commemorated, but also to strengthen and reinforce communal bonds of national, cultural, or ethnic identity. Victorious, joyful, and traumatic events are remembered through historic holidays. The commemorative expression reflects the original event through festive celebration or solemn ritual. Reenactments are common activities at historical holiday and festival gatherings, seeking to bring the past alive in the present.

Alaska Day was first observed in Sitka in 1949 with the unveiling of a two-ton commemorative bronze statue dedicated to early Alaskan pioneers. Alaska Day became an official state holiday in 1954. The largest celebration takes place each year in Sitka during a festival highlighting the culture and history of Alaska. Festival activities include a COSTUME BALL , SPORTING EVENTS , a PARADE , and various CUL TURAL PERFORMANCES . A special

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ChristopherJohnson
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Russians sold the territory to the US. It is strange that some Russian nationalists have some kind of territorial claims with respect to Alaska.
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Absolutely fortunate for the US to have acquired this land -- for very serious political reasons.
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