Locals to present highlights of Russian America conference

Posted: Friday, October 26, 2007

JUNEAU - Ray Wilson, leader of the Sitka Kiks.ádi clan and Juneau resident, and Dee Longenbaugh, historian of Russian America and map expert, will present highlights of the recent conference on Russian America from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Alaska State Museum. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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The third International Conference on Russian America was held Aug. 8-12 in the Irkutsk region of central Siberia. The first three days of the conference were held in Irkutsk, Shelikhov and at the Taltsi (Talci) Museum of Architecture and Ethnography.

The fourth day included a train trip to examine historic architectural features along a portion of the Trans-Siberian Railroad. The fifth day consisted of a bus journey to the village of Anga, childhood home of Saint Innocent, of Alaska, in the Buriat Republic and a tour of the Shishkino Petroglyph site.

The well-attended conference included participants from across Russia as well as France and the Czech Republic. Several federal and state officials from Alaska attended.

For conference details, visit http://home.gci.net/~sncnuka/JSARGRA/JSARGRA-2007-Conference.html. For more information, call Mary at (907) 465-2901.



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