Can you say “Sesquicentennial”? In 2017, Alaska will have been a U.S. possession for 150 years and the commemoration of this is called a “sesquicentennial.” It might be challenging to spell, or even remember, but it is certainly a landmark event on the local, state, national and international level.
On October 18, 1867, the Transfer of Russia’s claims on Alaska to the United States officially took place in Sitka, Alaska. The Sitka Historical Society has committed to helping Sitka become the center of the 150th Commemoration with a year-long schedule of events and programs.
Those wishing to volunteer their talents and efforts to the 150th Commemoration or learn more about the Sesquicentennial should visit AK150.com
Activities kick-off in March 2017 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Cession. On March 30, 1867, Secretary of State William Seward and Russian Minister to the United States Edouard de Stoeckl negotiated and signed an agreement for the United States to acquire Alaska from Russia.
Check out Sitka’s Sesquicentennial Kick-Off Events!