National Archives to Commemorate Alaska’s Sesquicentennial on March 30
Press Release · Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Washington, DC

To commemorate Alaska’s 150th anniversary, on Thursday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m., the National Archives, in partnership with the Alaska Historical Society, will present a special concert titled “Alaska Sesquicentennial: Seward’s Day.” The program is free and open to the public, reserve your seat online or watch it live streamed on the National Archives YouTube channel.

Learn more about National Archives activities surrounding this anniversary.

“Alaska Sesquicentennial: Seward’s Day”
On March 30, 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William Henry Seward signed the Alaska Treaty of Cession that purchased Russian America. To commemorate the life and contributions of Seward, the State of Alaska is sponsoring a performance of the Alaska chamber group, Wild Shore New Music. Join us as Wild Shore performs the work of living composers who have found inspiration through their experiences with the natural beauty and indigenous cultures of Alaska. Composers Conrad Winslow and Shelley Washington will attend the concert.  Throughout the program, scenic and historical photos of Alaska will be projected on a backdrop to accompany the musical program.

Speakers and Musical Selections
“My Country, Tis of Thee” sung by Jon Ross in the Dena’ina language
First Lady of Alaska Donna Walker: “Why Alaskans Celebrate Seward’s Day”
Wild Shore New Music performs:
Shelley Washington: “Their Name is Yours”
John Luther Adams: “Make Prayers to the Raven”
John Luther Adams: “The Light Within”
Conrad Winslow: “The End of the Road”

The program will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Museum.  The National Archives Building is located at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW. Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station. Attendees should enter through the Special Events entrance on 7th and Constitution Ave, NW.  For evening programs, doors to the building open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Late seating will not be permitted 20 minutes after the program begins.


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