Alaska Living History to host Alaska Day events

John Venables, in costume as William Henry Seward, right, pays a visit to the state Capitol on Monday to wish Sen. Dennis William Egan, center, a happy William Egan Day. Assemblymember Jesse Kiehl, who is a staffer for Sen. Egan, is seen on the left. William A. Egan was the first governor of the state of Alaska, and also the fourth. Alaska observes William Egan Day on his birthday, Oct. 8. Sen. Dennis William Egan is his son.

Alaska Day is next Thursday, Oct. 18, but Alaska Living History and several other organizations will be hosting events all month long to celebrate.


Below are some of the events planned thus far:

• Saturday, Oct. 13: Costume contest and student coloring and essay contest at Nugget Mall from 2 to 5 p.m.

• Thursday, Oct. 18: Alaska Day breakfast will be held at the Senior Center from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. John Venables, a re-enactor, will be serving the guests.

• Saturday, Oct. 20: E.L. “Bob” Bartlett Alaska Day, Red Rose Music Concert at Nugget Mall.

• Oct. 27: Earnest Gruening Alaska Day Awards Ceremony at the Moose Lodge from 1 to 3 p.m.

Other events are likely to be added, and this schedule is subject to be changed. For more information, email John Venables at


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