Alaskans celebrate our 150-year history

Alaskans on Oct. 18 celebrated Alaska Day, a state holiday. This year marked the 150th anniversary of raising the Stars and Stripes to replace the Russian Double Eagle ensign at Sitka in 1867. The formal transfer took place in the square fronting the home of Prince Dimitri Maksoutoff, chief manager and governor of Russian-America. The stately building, generally referred to as “Baranof Castle,” perched atop a hill overlooking the town of Sitka, then known as New Archangel.