FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) – October 18 is Alaska Day, a state holiday that commemorates the official transfer of the Alaska Territory from Russia to the United States in 1867.
2022 will mark the 155th anniversary of the event when US Army troops raised the ceremonial flag on Castle Hill in Sitka.
To mark the occasion, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy issued a proclamation encouraging all Alaskans to celebrate and recognize the historic milestone.
Alaska became a state 92 years after the territory was acquired.
The agreement to purchase the territory, referred to by some contemporaries as the Seward Folly after Secretary of State William Seward, was signed on March 30 of that year, an event now celebrated on the last Monday in March as Seward Day.
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