150th Anniversary of the Alaska Treaty of Cession

St Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral at Sitka, Alaska. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

St Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral at Sitka, Alaska. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The 150th anniversary of the Alaska Treaty of Cession is 2017. For $7.2 million the United States purchased the territory Russia claimed in North America. It was an event of political, economic and social consequence for many people, especially for the Native and Creole people living in Alaska. On March 30, 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward and Russian Envoy Edouard de Stoeckl signed the treaty in Washington, D.C. Less than seven months later, on October 18, the ceremonial transfer took place at Sitka and the U.S. replaced the Russian administrators.


To commemorate the significant event, the Alaska Historical Society is coordinating a statewide calendar of events, promoting discussions by posting a series of articles and images and documents on this website, and providing links to sources for additional information along with news about commemoration activities. The public is invited to submit material to our Statewide Calendar of Events by using our online Event Submission Form. Please direct questions and concerns to members@alaskahistoricalsociety.org.

Congratulations to the most recent recipients of the Alaska Historical Commission grants! More information about recipients and their projects can be found HERE.