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The conference is part of the statewide observance of the 150th anniversary (sesquicentennial) of the United States' purchase of Alaska from Russia (  Anniversary activities are coordinated and funded through the Alaska Historical Commission (  We are grateful to have received a grant from the commission and the Kenai Peninsula Historical Association.


The conference organizers are Alaskan volunteers, led by a steering committee.  The project's manager is Shana Loshbaugh, and the other members of the steering committee are Michael Hawfield, Willard Dunham, and Roger Pearson.  Sponsors (so far) are the Pratt Museum (, Kenai Peninsula College (, and the Peninsula Clarion (  The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly unanimously issued a resolution in support of the conference, and it has also been endorsed by the Seldovia Village Tribe (,the Kenaitze Indian Tribe (, and the Kenai Peninsula Historical Association and its member groups (the Kenai Historical Society, Soldotna Historical Society, Resurrection Bay Historical Society (, Kasilof Regional Historical Association (, and Hope and Sunrise Historical Society (

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