Ceremony scheduled for Ernest Gruening Day

Ernest Gruening Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, Feb. 6, and Alaska Living History will be hosting an observance ceremony to mark the statesman’s accomplishments and contributions to the state of Alaska.

Local historian John Venables said the ceremony will be held from noon to 12:45 p.m. at the Alaska State Library Reading Room.

The program will include recognition of Gruening’s major contributions as the “Father of Alaska Statehood” and as a champion of Alaska Native civil rights. Two video clips will be shown from the Alaska State Library archives.

Three of Gruening’s grandsons were invited to attend the event, Venables said.

Gruening was the longest serving Alaska Territorial governor, serving from 1939 to 1953. In 1959, he was elected to be one of the first two U.S. Senators when Alaska joined the Union. He served until 1969.

Alaska Living History is an educational program that recognizes the two state holidays and about eight days of honor for important Alaska figures.

For more information, contact Venables at johnhenryvenables@yahoo.com or at 321-4500.

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