Today in History: Alaska Day

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The actual transfer ceremony took place in Sitka, which was capital of the territory at that time.
The Russian flag was lowered and the American flag raised in a symbolic transfer of ownership.
Alaska Day is an official state holiday, with most state government offices closed to mark the occasion.
Emily Koehler-Platten (*Key-ler *Plat-en) at the U-A Museum of the North says the museum has many resources for those looking to learn more about Alaska Day's history.

Emily Koehler-Platten; Outreach specialist, UA Museum of the North >> "We've gone through a lot of changes and we're still strong and we're still here. In 1867, Alaska was a very, very different place. Well, here at the museum, we try and tell the story of Alaska from many, many different perspectives, so we have a lot of displays about the history of Alaska and the Russian influence. We have a nice display with some Russian artifacts. It's one thing to sort of read about this history of how Alaska became part of the U.S., but if you can actually see the artifacts, see the documents, and actually really, really get a sense of the history and what it means to us today, so the museum is a great place to do that."