Alaska at 150

The Big Land and the United States

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On March 30, 1867, Russia and the United States signed the Treaty of Cession agreeing to the sale of the Alaskan Territory. The United States gave the government of Russia a check for $7.2 million and took possession of 586,412 square miles of land, which became the Alaska Territory, and later, in 1959, would become America’s 49th state. Join us and the Alaska State Society on September 16 for a day of fascinating stories about the Smithsonian in Alaska, early explorations, the Alaska Purchase, and native Alaska. A lunch with Alaskan salmon and beer from the Alaskan Brewing Company rounds out the program.


Denali, the tallest mountain in North America, Alaska

Other upcoming programs

Congressional Country Club

The Capital of Espionage: Washington's Spy Sites
Evening Program with Book Signing
Tues., Sept. 12 at 6:45 PM
The trail of espionage in and around the nation's capital traces back more than 200 years to spymaster George Washington’s study at Mount Vernon. This evening, spy histories spanning the Civil War to today are uncovered in true stories that put even the best spy fiction to shame!

Confederate Army

The Myth of the Lost Cause: How Civil War History Was Rewritten
All-Day Program
Sat., Sept. 23 at 9:30 AM
The Southern-created Myth of the Lost Cause has shadowed the historical remembrance of the Civil War, the country's watershed event. Historian Ed Bonekemper critically examines the accuracy of that myth and how it has affected perceptions of slavery, states' rights, and the nature of the conflict itself.

The President's House

The War of 1812: Out of History's Shadows
Evening Program
Mon., Sept. 25 at 6:45 PM
The War of 1812's significance to the course of American history has long been overshadowed by the conflicts that bookend it: the American Revolution and the Civil War. Historian Richard Bell explains why the War of 1812 was, in fact, nothing short of a watershed event in the young republic's life.


How Manhattan Became an Isle of Joy
Evening Program with Book Signing
Mon., Oct. 23 at 6:45 PM
Historian Mike Wallace takes a fascinating look at the confluence of social, economic, and creative forces that transformed New York City in the 1920s into a cultural mecca. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the rides at Coney Island, there was something for everyone.

Culper spy ring codes

The Secret Revolution: Espionage, 1776 Style
Evening Program
Mon., Oct. 30 at 6:45 PM
Learn how George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and other leaders of the American Revolution used espionage, covert action, and other techniques to trick the British. David Robarge, chief historian at the CIA, explores the secrets of the Revolutionary War.

Mrs. James Warren

Written Out of History
Evening Program with Book Signing
Wed., Nov. 1 at 6:45 PM
In the earliest days of our nation, a handful of unsung heroes—including women, slaves, and an Iroquois chief—pioneered the ideas that led to the Bill of Rights, the separation of powers, and the eventual abolition of slavery. Their largely forgotten stories are given a deserved airing by Utah Sen. Mike Lee.

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