History of the first Territorial Legislature, 100 Year Anniversary

Posted by M Tougas with permission from Tim Lamkin.

Greetings Alaskans,

I write to ask for your help by including an announcement in your respective constituent newsletters or e-mail distributions, and to otherwise help spread the word.

March 3, 2013 will mark the 100-year anniversary of the convening of the very first Territorial Legislature in Alaska. Last session the Legislature established a small commission to help coordinate ways to commemorate the occasion.

Since its purchase from Russia, it took a record 46 years for Alaskans to acquire a representative government. There are surely a lot of stories to be told about our legislature since 1913. Several projects are under way to recognize our centennial, and one of them involves compiling oral histories from individuals involved in the legislative branch over the years.

We hope to hear from anyone with any sort of story about their time in Juneau. We don’t only wish to hear from former legislators, but especially from anyone else involved: former staff, interns, pages, chefs, secretaries and clerks, spouses, constituents, and maintenance workers. Anyone with a story is welcome to participate. Please write to: 100years@legis.state.ak.us; or call toll free: 1-855-465-8100. Folks writing or calling the 100-Year Commission may be contacted for follow up information and potentially an interview, if they choose. You may also get more information about the Commission at: http://100years.akleg.gov/

We are asking that you consider including a short blurb in your December, or other upcoming newsletters or electronic mailing lists used for district announcements, to help improve participation in the oral histories project. You are welcome to craft the solicitation language in your own words, or copy and paste the relevant text above.

Thank you for your consideration and assistance in recognizing this historic event. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions.


Warm Regards,

Tim Lamkin

Office of Senator Gary Stevens
Alaska State Senate

Chair, Alaska Legislative Centennial Commission
Chair, Senate World Trade Committee
Chair, Senate Education Committee

Office: 907-465-2705
Fax: 907-465-3517



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