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28th Legislature(2013-2014)

Bill Text 28th Legislature


00 Enrolled SCR 17                                                                                                         
01 Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the purchase of Alaska for $7,200,000; urging                                    
02 Alaska communities to plan activities and events in 2017 to commemorate the Alaska                                      
03 Purchase; requesting that the Alaska Historical Commission coordinate events; and inviting                              
04 Alaska communities, schools, universities, libraries, museums, businesses, civic and historical                         
05 groups, and government agencies to participate in and support commemorative activities and                              
06 events.                                                                                                                 
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08 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                             
09      WHEREAS Alaskans traditionally commemorate and celebrate the Alaska Purchase                                     
10 with two official state holidays, Seward's Day on the last Monday in March and Alaska Day                               
11 on October 18; and                                                                                                      
12      WHEREAS 2017 will be the sesquicentennial of the 1867 Treaty of Purchase, which                                  
13 transferred from Russia to the United States the land that today is the State of Alaska; and                            
14      WHEREAS the anniversary is an opportunity for communities and individuals around                                 
15 the state to plan commemorative activities; and                                                                         
01      WHEREAS the anniversary is an opportunity to recognize the Alaska Purchase, once                                 
02 decried as "Seward's Folly," with educational activities and commemorative events regarding                             
03 the history of Alaska under the American flag; and                                                                      
04      WHEREAS the anniversary is an opportunity to enhance efforts to preserve                                         
05 significant historical sites, papers, and artifacts and to recognize the leaders who made the                           
06 Alaska Purchase possible; and                                                                                           
07      WHEREAS the anniversary provides a platform for a national discussion on Alaska's                                
08 value to the nation, including the state's strategic importance in the defense of the nation, the                       
09 importance of the state's resources, the state's importance to national and economic security                           
10 interests, and the importance of the state's geographic location in the Arctic and strategic                            
11 location in the North Pacific; and                                                                                      
12      WHEREAS the anniversary presents an opportunity to learn about the history of the                                
13 state's Native people, before and after the Alaska Purchase, and to recognize that an                                   
14 understanding of the culture and heritage of the state's Native people is essential to an                               
15 understanding of the state; and                                                                                         
16      WHEREAS a celebration to commemorate the anniversary provides an opportunity to                                  
17 review and encourage comprehensive research on the state's history;                                                     
18      BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature recognizes the sesquicentennial                                 
19 of the Alaska Purchase and encourages all communities in the state to plan activities and                               
20 events and engage in discussions to commemorate the anniversary; and be it                                              
21      FURTHER RESOLVED the Alaska State Legislature appreciates the leadership of                                      
22 the Alaska Historical Commission in coordinating events and seeking opportunities to bring                              
23 new research to the attention of all Alaskans; and be it                                                                
24      FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature invites Alaska                                                
25 communities, schools, universities, libraries, museums, businesses, civic and historical                                
26 groups, and government agencies to participate in and support activities and events to                                  
27 commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Alaska Purchase.                                                               
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