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Museum to host legislative centennial presentation

Posted: March 27, 2013 - 11:12pm

A special presentation will be made at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum Saturday morning as part of the Alaska legislative centennial event series.

The presentation, which will be co-hosted by the Gastineau Channel Historical Society, will commemorate the 34 territorial legislators who represented Juneau and Douglas from 1913 to 1959.

Alaska was organized as a territory in 1912, with voters electing the First Territorial Legislature that November. The Legislature met for the first time in 1913 — an event commemorated earlier this month with a series of events and a historical reenactment at the downtown Juneau restaurant Rockwell.

In 1959, Alaska became a state, and the Territorial Legislature was replaced by the State Legislature.

Juneau and Douglas were separate municipalities until 1970, when the City and Borough of Juneau was incorporated.

Current and former legislators, legislative staffers, and descendents of former legislators have been invited to participate in the presentation Saturday.

The presentation is part of the statewide legislative centennial commemoration that began at Rockwell earlier this month.

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