Wickersham's 152nd birthday observance to be held Monday

Posted: Sunday, August 23, 2009

JUNEAU - Weather permitting, there will be a 152nd birthday observance for Judge James Wickersham from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday at the House of Wickersham, 213 Seventh St.

"What a great way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alaska's statehood than to remember the man who changed Alaska destiny on his birthday, at his home," said Wickersham impersonator John Venables. "Long ago, James Wickersham's birthday was a celebrated as an Alaskan state holiday. He is recognized as the most significant Alaska citizen of the first third of the 20th century."

Reps. Beth Kerttula and Cathy Muñoz will be present, along with Juneau Chamber of Commerce officers and members.

Venables' "Journey to Statehood" DVD-Video featuring the program that has been touring the state this year also will be premiered. For more information, contact Venables at johnhenryvenables@yahoo.com.

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