PUBLISHED: 5:38 PM on Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Judge James Wickersham visits Centennial Hall
An 18-month program celebrating the 50th anniversary of Alaska statehood will have a Juneau premiere Aug. 24, at Centennial Hall. The date will also commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birthday of Judge James Wickersham.

The show, partially funded by the Alaska Humanities Forum, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, will have Haines resident John H. Venables, appearing as Judge James Wickersham, dressed in period attire and telling stories of early Alaska when civil government was first established. There will be a historical photo slide show and the theme music will be the Alaska State Song.

Venables will be traveling to about 10 locations throughout Alaska giving approximately 30 presentations leading up to the Jan. 1, 2009, celebration date. He has two other historical characters that have been presented in Juneau during 2007. His storytelling adventures of William Henry Seward, on Sewards visit to Klukwan and Sitka in 1869, and John Muir's Seven Visits to Alaska, 1879-1899, were presented at the Haines Day at Nugget Mall, five Juneau schools, with approximately 250 students, and at a local church.

Any school, museum, or historical society can seek further information on the shows being presented in their locale by e-mail to