Be part of Alaska’s “Time Capsule” for the 150th anniversary
of the Alaska Purchase!
Commonwealth North Symposium
Saturday, October 7th
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
625 C Street
Be part of our all-day symposium to examine at least seven frontiers Alaskans have worked to advance since the Alaska Purchase and continue to advance today.
In 1867, some Americans derided the Alaska purchase as “Seward’s Folly,” “Walrussia,” “a Polar Bear Garden,” “Seward’s Icebox,” and “a sucked orange,” suggesting Alaska’s resources and potential were small or already used up by the departing Russians. This year, Commonwealth North celebrates 150 years of Alaska under the American flag with a series of events and publications showing not only that the purchase was “worth it” but also showing a vision of further contributions the people of this state can make to U.S. and global economics, security, knowledge and culture.
This symposium will be memorialized in a special report to be published as a book in cooperation with the Anchorage Museum, with supplemental publications and public presentations. Overall, it will attempt two things: show highlights of our history and our current contribution to the US; and second, visions Alaskans have of what their future path and contributions will be.
Attending this symposium makes you a member of this study group and a coauthor of an enduring publication – a testimonial to the “pioneering” Alaskans have done – and have yet to do!