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PUBLISHED: 4:20 PM on Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Judge Wickersham show set for Juneau, Haines
The Journey to Statehood-Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Alaska Statehood has the first Juneau presentation at 7 p.m. Aug. 24, at Centennial Hall. Portraying Judge James Wickersham is John Venables from Haines. The date of the performance is the 150th anniversary of Judge Wickersham's birth. Grand premier is scheduled for Haines on Aug. 21, at the Haines Borough Library.


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  Portraying Judge James Wickersham is John Venables from Haines. The Journey to Statehood-Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Alaska Statehood has the first Juneau presentation Aug. 24.
This program is partly sponsored by the Alaska Humanities Forum and the National Endowment of the Humanities. The one-hour program features Venables dressed as Judge Wickersham, telling the stories of Wickersham's life as civil government was established in the Third District of Alaska Territory. The program includes a slideshow and theme music. There will be several presentations across Alaska during the next 15 months, including Skagway, Ketchikan, Sitka, Fairbanks, Eagle and Anchorage leading up to Jan. 1, 2009, commemorating the official date of the statehood bill signed by President Eisenhower 50 years earlier.

The Judge James Wickersham program will be the third character of the Southeast Alaska History Storytelling programs. Earlier this year, Venables presented his William Henry Seward-Celebrating the 140th Anniversary of the Purchase of Alaska. On May 4, the Seward program was presented to five schools in Juneau, in front of eight classes, and over 250 students in one day. The third character in the portfolio is John Muir. Last September at the Haines Borough Library and earlier on the Holland America msVeedam ship, that was on a visit to Haines, the John Muir Remembers Alaska program had a combined audience of more than 160.

For more information, contact Venables at johnhenryvenables@yahoo.com.


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