Alaska Day's Sesquicentennial

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Today is Alaska Day, the 150th anniversary of the formal transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States in 1867.
The actual transfer ceremony took place in Sitka, which was then the capital of the territory.
The Russian flag was lowered and the American flag was raised in a symbolic turnover of ownership.
Alaska Day is an official state holiday, with most state government offices closed to mark the occasion.
Emily Koehler-Platten 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."