Photo: Ernest Gruening Day

Win Gruening, left, and his brother, Clark, look over copies of old newspapers with pictures of their grandfather, Ernest Gruening, at the State Historic Library in the State Office Building on Wednesday. Local historian John Venables held a ceremony recognizing Gruening's major contributions as the "Father of Alaska Statehood" and as a champion of Alaska Native civil rights. 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 after Alaska joined the Union.

Win Gruening, left, and his brother, Clark, look over copies of old newspapers with pictures of their grandfather, Ernest Gruening, at the State Historic Library in the State Office Building on Wednesday. Local historian John Venables held a ceremony recognizing Gruening’s major contributions as the “Father of Alaska Statehood” and as a champion of Alaska Native civil rights. 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 after Alaska joined the Union.

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