By Michelle Jenkins
On March 30th, 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward and Russian Envoy Edouard de Stoeckl signed a treaty that would forever change the economic, political, social and physical landscape of United States of America. For a price of $7.2 million, the country had purchased a vast territory rich in natural resources, and draped in unparalleled beauty.
Later that year, an official transfer ceremony would take place in Sitka, the former capital of “Russian America.” This day is October 18, now known as Alaska Day. This was the day that the Russian Imperial flag was slowly lowered and “Old Glory” was proudly raised to get her first view of the stunning Alaska landscape. Alaska was now an official part of the greatest country in the world. Years would pass, the territory would become a state and earn a star on the United States Flag.
The next time you are doing something you consider “Alaskan,” think about the day that made all of this possible. Think about a beautiful, mountain backdrop with the sun shining and an eagle soaring. Picture the Stars and Stripes being hoisted up that flag pole for the very first time on this land. Let a feeling of pride, adventure, and freedom run through you, and tell The Story of Alaska.
Join as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of Alaska.