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Feb. 6 is an Alaska Day of Honor, designated by the Alaska state Legislature to celebrate the major accomplishments and contributions of Ernest Gruening to the state of Alaska.
There will be an Observance Ceremony at the Alaska State Library reading room at noon on Feb. 6. Ernest Gruening was the longest serving Alaska Territorial Governor, serving from 1939-1953. In 1959 he was elected to be one of the first two U.S. Senators when Alaska joined the Union. He served until 1969. The state of Alaska donated a statue in 1977 that is featured at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Statuary Hall.
Alaska Living History has organized this event with significant assistance from the Alaska State Library. The program will include recognition of Ernest Gruening's major contributions as the "Father of Alaska Statehood" and as champion of Alaska Native civil rights. Two video clips from the Alaska State Library archives are to be shown. Three grandsons of Ernest Gruening - Clark, Win and Brad - have been invited to the ceremony.
Adjournment will be approximately 12:45 p.m.
For more information contact John H. Venables at firstname.lastname@example.org.