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The Juneau-Douglas City Museum Celebrates 50 years of Statehood 1959-2009 with the following 50th Statehood Celebrations 


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Lowering the 48 Star Flag photo taken by Andy Humphries.  JDCM 88.30.006. 

Check out more photographs from the July 4, 1959 statehood celebration. 


Images from the July 4th, 2009 Flag Raising Ceremony at the City Museum.  Photos courtesy of Dick Kent. See more photos from the Juneau Empire.


Exhibits honoring Alaska's 50th Anniversary of Statehood

  • NEW Poetry Podcasts.  The following poetry podcasts include poems that were written by 7th grade students at Floyd Dryden Middle School in conjunction with the Capital City Digital Stories project (see below)


  • Click on the podcast you would like to listen to:

        Quest for Statehood

        Civil Rights in Alaska




  • Capital City Digital Stories - interactive kiosks featuring digital stories compiled by local middle school student.  The Quest for Statehood stories features stories about Alaska as a territory vs. a state, an indepth look at the state constitution, the process of becoming a state, Judge Wickersham, Ernest Gruening & Bob Bartlett, How Statehood Affected Native Communities and Looking back at 50 years.  Alaska's Capital features stories on early history, the move from Sitka, as well as present government and capital move issues.  The following digital story themes are still in-progress: Cultures of Juneau will include Filipino, Tongan/South Pacific, Haida, Tlingit & Anglo-Europea and Elizabeth Peratrovich and Civil Rights in Alaska will include her biography, a history of the ANB & ANS and their role in today's society, Elizabeth Peratrovich's speech to the Senate, A Look at Discrimination Then and Now, and Her motivation to stand against discrimination. 


Raising the Statehood Flag in Juneau, July 4, 1959 - A brief synopsis of the event.


The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is proud to have a direct connection with statehood by its nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for Statehood significance as the location of the official statehood flag raising on July 4, 1959.