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Alaska Sesquicentennial: Seward’s Day
  • Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017 - Friday, March 31, 2017
  • Time: 11:30 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

On March 30, 1867, US Secretary of State William Henry Seward signed the Alaska Treaty of Cession that purchased Russian America. To commemorate the life and contributions of Seward, the State of Alaska is sponsoring a performance of the Alaska chamber group, Wild Shore New Music. Join us as Wild Shore performs the work of living composers who have found inspiration through their experiences with the natural beauty and indigenous cultures of Alaska.

Musical Selections:
Shelley Washington: “Their Name is Yours”
John Luther Adams: “Make Prayers to the Raven”
John Luther Adams: “The Light Within”
Conrad Winslow: “The End of the Road”

In addition, Jon Ross will sing “My Country, Tis of Thee” in the Dena’ina language and Prof. Lee A. Farrow why discuss “Why Alaskans Celebrate Seward’s Day.”

Presented by the National Archives in partnership with the Alaska Historical Society.

Reserve a seat

All public programs at the National Archives are free and streamed live online via the National Archives’ YouTube channel. Reservations are recommended; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. Click here for more information on getting to the National Archives and parking.Live captioning will be available online and in the William G. McGowan Theater. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for an event (such as a downloadable transcript or a sign language interpreter), please send an email to public.program@nara.gov or call 202.357.5000 in advance.