Final agenda for legislative centennial

The legislative office of the chairman of the Alaska Legislative Centennial Commission released the finalized schedule Wednesday for next week’s events to mark the 100th anniversary of the Alaska Legislature.


The festivities will take place at Rockwell in downtown Juneau — which, as the Elks Lodge, hosted the first session of the Alaska Territorial Legislature starting on March 3, 1913.

According to the schedule’s preface, the building will be decorated and furnished to resemble the way the Elks Lodge looked in 1913, while the restaurant will offer up food and drinks from that time period on its menus.

The first day of events, Sunday, will open with a 10 a.m. breakfast program entitled “Waffles With Wickersham,” featuring Judge James Wickersham impressionist John Venables, which will explore Wickersham’s 1912 efforts to establish Alaska as an official territory of the United States.

At 12 p.m. Sunday, a panel moderated by University of Alaska Fairbanks professor Terrence Cole will discuss “Equal Rights, One Man One Vote, and Alaska Native Leaders in Our Legislative History.”

A reception program Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. will feature remarks from Gov. Sean Parnell and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, as well as from Kodiak Sen. Gary Stevens, chairman of the Legislative Centennial Commission, and a round-robin discussion with retired Alaska legislators on their memories of the Legislature.

On Monday at 8 p.m., Jensen Yorba Lott Inc. President Wayne Jensen will present “A History of the Capitol Building.”

Cole will moderate another panel at 12 p.m. Monday on “Leading Women in Alaska’s Political History,” with a number of women who served in the Legislature acting as panelists.

Another reception program at 4 p.m. Monday will see historian Beverly Beaton discuss “Members and Accomplishments of the First Alaska Territorial Legislature, Including Women’s Suffrage.”

In a dinner program Monday evening at 7 p.m., local actors and legislative staff will reenact the convening of the First Territorial Legislature, as well as the session in which women’s suffrage was passed.

Tuesday’s 8 a.m. breakfast program will also explore Juneau history, with former legislators Clark Gruening and Mike Miller presenting “A History of Politics and Changes to the Capital City Over the Years.”

For Tuesday’s lunch program at 12 p.m., retired legislators will discuss “Perspectives on Accomplishments and Failures in Alaska’s Legislative History” in a round-robin format.

The last program will be at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Cole and former Sen. Rick Halford will lead a “happy hour” program on “Prohibition in Territorial Alaska.”

Stevens will deliver closing remarks Tuesday as well.


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