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I guess money can buy you love...at approximately 2 cents an acre #ak #sewardsfolly #packinondabackin

@jclove7 loving the fact that AK became the 49th state today back in 1959...#sewardsfolly #dfc #theholidaysareover @thirdedgeheli @tordrilloheli @momentskis @strafeouterwear #iloveAK

This does not end well... #sewardsfolly #donttrythisathome

I dressed for winter but its actually warm in Alaska #SewardsFolly

150 years ago today the U.S. bought Alaska from Russia for the equivalent of two cents per acre. Throwback to one of the best decisions our government ever made, and the amazing experiences that has allowed me to have. #sewardsfolly #alaska #keepitpublic #throwback @backcountryhunters @kimberamerica @sitkagear

The one in Juneau better be bigger... #sewardsfolly

So happy to find these in the cooler! #sewardsfolly #bestofthebest #akbeer

I went on a boat all day yesterday and did not require sedation. Also, it was cold. #sewardalaska #sewardsfolly

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My incredibly beautiful hometown. First Baptist Church steeple and Bellamy Mansion, all decked out for Christmas. November 24, 2017, 3:00 PM. The Bellamy Mansion was where General William Tecumseh Sherman stayed during his occupation at the close of the Civil War in 1865; the steeple of First Baptist Church is a replacement of the one Hurricane Fran toppled in 1996. Secretary of State William Seward, famous for buying Alaska (Seward’s Folly,) also stayed with General Sherman during the Wilmington Occupation.

William Seward sits in Madison Square Park thinking about buying Alaska. As an upstate New Yorker living downstate, it's nice to see a fellow local boy made good in the big city -
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#latergram #madisonsquarepark #williamseward #sewardsfolly #alaska #publicart #statue #upstateny #downstateny #flatirondistrict #manhattan #newyorkcity #nyc

Governor Seward, it wasn't a folly to buy Alaska for a symbolic $0.02\acre in 1867. We need more statues to great Americans in this city&less modernist slop that parades as public art. Give me Giuliani,Halsey,MacArthur,Koch,etc any day over some of whats out there... #nyc #newyork #newyorkcity #manhattan #bigapple #seward #sewardsfolly

Seward might be one of the most gorgeous places I’ve been. #alaska #seward #sewardsfolly

Denali National Park, Alaska

Happy #AlaskaDay! Our hearts swell thinking back to our honeymoon just a few weeks ago, when our eyes filled with wilderness and wonder. We'll see you again . .
@usinterior #usinterior @alaskanps #alaska #49thstate #sewardsfolly #denali #chenariver #glacierbay #auroraborealis #wanderlust #alaskahoneymoon #shotoniphone

Happy Alaska Day to all my Alaska loving friends. Absolute best place in the world, and my heart will always be here. •




#alaskaday #alaska #optoutside #sewardsfolly #denalinationalpark #findyourpark #alaskanationalparks #nationalpark #hikerslife #hiking #mountainsarecalling

Happy Alaska Day! ❤️ I’m very proud to call this amazing state my home. #LinLovesAlaska #AlaskaDay #Alaska #PortageGlacier #HomeSweetHome #TheLastFrontier #49thState #AlaskaAdventures #HappyBirthday #SewardsFolly

#HappeningNow We’re celebrating Alaska Day by looking at the transfer from a Russian perspective! #Alaska150

#DidYouKnow that today was the 150th anniversary of the Alaska Purchase? You would if you had Britannica's 10-Minute Guide to U.S. History
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#OnThisDay in 1867, in a ceremony in #Sitka, the Russian flag was lowered and the American flag raised, signifying the final transfer of the territory to the United States.
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Happy Alaska Day! 🇺🇸 #OTD in 1867, the American flag flew for the first time in Alaska, marking the formal transfer of that massive northern territory from Russia to the United States.

Pictured is Emmanuel Leutze’s painting of the signing of the Alaska treaty. This year, in celebration of #Alaska150, the portrait has been traveling throughout the state. Have you seen it?

Happy Alaska Day!
#onthisday #18 #1867,
the U.S. officially acquires Alaska from Russia (the formal land transfer between Russia 🇷🇺 and The U.S.🇺🇸) for less than two cents an acre ($7.2 million). The Alaska purchase amounts to 586,412 square miles, able to fit two Texas size states within it, and orchestrated by William Henry Seward (secretary of state under President Andrew Johnson) and Eduard de Stoeckl(Russian minister to the U.S.). Today, it is the largest state, roughly 25 percent of America’s oil and over 50 percent of its seafood come from Alaska. -------------------------------
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October 18, 1867. 150 years ago. The Alaska Purchase. The United States of America takes possession of the 586,412 sq. mile region of the former Russian Empire which had been purchased by William H. Seward under President Andrew Johnson earlier that year. At the time, the purchase of $7.2 million dollars was seen as a waste of funds by the Johnson Administration and was often called by Johnson's critics as, 'Seward's Folly' and 'Andrew Johnson's Polar Bear Garden'. Alaska was seen as a barren wasteland with few resources and unsuitable living conditions. The opinion of Alaska's worth in the American mainland was only changed in 1896 when gold was discovered in the Klondike River, sparking a massive gold rush. Afterward, Alaska would play as a key strategic landmass in the Cold War as well as one vital for the American oil and fishing industries. Alaska became the 49th state in the Union on January.3/1959. #alaska #alaska150 #150alaska #juneau #seward #williamseward #johnson #andrewjohnson #sewardsfolly #goldrush #coldwar #landpurchase #alaskapurchase #russianempire #reconstructionera #1860s #60s #1867

Alaska did not become a state until 1959. A little-known fact, and one certainly neglected in most classrooms, is that the United States government did not technically buy Alaska from Russia. They purchased the rights to negotiate with the Alaska Natives, who had lived there for thousands of years and been treated awfully under Russian occupation. The United States government, characteristically, had no intentions of truly negotiating – so this whole description is just a technicality – and the transfer of power was handed over by the Russians in return for the equivalent of $113 million in today’s dollars. Alaska Natives were not granted United States citizenship until 1924, disqualifying them from voting rights or land ownership. The Bureau of Indian Affairs worked with missionary societies to eradicate indigenous languages, religion, art, music … culture. Michael Peers, Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Canada, issued the following apology in 1993: “I accept and confess before God and you, our failures in the residential schools. We failed you. We failed ourselves. We failed God. I am sorry more than I can say…that we were part of a system which took you and your children from home and family…that we tried to remake you in our image…That in our schools so many were abused. On behalf of the Anglican Church of Canada, I offer our apology.” - @nimblenews
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An old photo of the Bellamy Mansion and the Kenan Fountain, at Fifth and Market Street in Wilmington, NC. The bottom tier of the fountain has (sadly) been removed to accommodate Market Street traffic, which has to wind, at its peril, around the fountain. Notice, too, that the Bellamy Mansion during this time had no paint, which was the case when I was growing up. Now, it has been scrubbed, cleaned, painted and restored back to its Antebellum splendor, as it was before General Sherman made the house his headquarters during the Union occupation of Wilmington at the close of the Civil War. Mercifully, General Sherman did not burn down the city, as he did in so many other places. Accompanying General Sherman in the house at that time was Secretary of State Seward, later famed for the purchase of Alaska from the Russian Empire, which became known as "Seward's Folly." I love this house and the Kenan Fountain; to me, they are the unique heart of old Wilmington; conjuring up so many creative, eccentric and unique souls who I have known; people for which the South seems to have a distinct monopoly.

#ColdWar #1960 American novelist MacKinlay Kantor was the son of a Jewish Swede. As a war correspondent in WWII he flew on bombing missions over Europe, and was at the American Army liberation of the Buchenwald. The Nazi concentration camp got him thinking of the gruesome Andersonville camp in the Civil War Confederacy, and civilians in those areas. *In 1960 Look Magazine published his article on the Confederacy winning the Civil War. *eventually though the 3 independent nations of the USA, CSA, and Texas all felt threatened by Soviet missile bases and armored brigades in Alaska (which had never been purchased from Russia in 1867), so they all finally announced a formal reunification at a Washington summit in 1961 - on the precise centennial of Fort Sumter. #alternativehistory #confederacy #confederateflag #lookmagazine #sverige #fortsumpter #cccp #sewardsfolly #pulitzerprize #shoah #MacKinlayKantor #CSA #andersonville #magazinecover #civilwar #WWII #republicoftexas #buchenwald #historywriters

best mistake i’ve ever witnessed #sewardsfolly

A portrait I painted that is part of a collaboration triptych with @karlkoett and @austinparkhill. Will post the full piece soon. "The Brothers Sanarov" is a triple portrait of three American brothers, members of the "Old Believers," Russian orthodox sect community here in Alaska. The work is part of "Intercurrents: The Alaska Treaty of Cession" exhibition at @igca_alaska opening this Friday. #art #russia #america #sewardsfolly #alaska

The talent in this group though! 🎨 #paintnite #sewardsfolly #treesandthings #weareblending #witheachother

#OTD in 1840, the American political cartoonist Thomas Nast was born in Landeau, Germany.
Nast originated the symbols for the two main US political parties, the Democratic donkey and the Republican elephant. He also created this political cartoon of Seward and Andrew Johnson, which is currently on display in our Alaska gallery.

Recap of port day in Ketchikan, Alaska: Saxman Totem Village, world's first salmon ladder, a TON of salmon swimming upstream, bald eagles, forget-me-not's (Alaska's state flower), and unforgettable world commentary by tour guide Mike.
#yipluribusdanum #alaskahoneymoon #HAL #Noordam #cruise #portofcall #ketchikan #alaska #salmoncapital #saxmantotempark #sewardsfolly #sewardridiculepole

I've wished to see the aurora borealis nearly my whole life. In tears that this dream has finally come true on our honeymoon, from our RV camp in Nenana outside Fairbanks. Thank you, Alaska, for being the first state where I entered this country 19 years ago, the first time I heard the words "Welcome to America," and the first night sky to light my eyes blue and green. You have my heart forever.
#auroraborealis #northernlights #nenanalights #itsmiracleseason
#YiPluribusDanum #AlaskaHoneymoon #RVLife #Wanderlust #SewardsFolly #Alaska #AmericanDream

Followed the road to Chena Hot Springs and the place was lit! Found a baboon on a mountain and Rudolph's grumpy cousin.
#AngelRocks #akaBaboonRocks #oncemoreintothefray #ChenaHotSprings #reindeer #icemuseum #atv
#YiPluribusDanum #AlaskaHoneymoon #RVLife #Wanderlust #SewardsFolly #Alaska

Museum of the North at University of Alaska Fairbanks was a treat! A+ for allowing us to nerd out over Alaska's history and prehistory. Jon Snow where you at

#YiPluribusDanum #AlaskaHoneymoon #RVLife #Wanderlust #SewardsFolly #Alaska #Fairbanks #UAF #MuseumoftheNorth #MooseThrone

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The squad took to the Chugach Mountains for a 50-minute run after a battle last night on the West Anchorage HS track. We chased after a moose and ran one of the prettiest trails I've encountered. #GreatAlaskaMileSeries #Alaska #Anchorage #SewardsFolly #TrackNation #Friends #AndBen #hokaoneone #running #trailrunning

Full day of wildlife and mountains in #Denali national park:
6 eagles, Dall sheep, caribou finding mates
5 bears, 1 beaver, a pika, and a moose
Arctic ground squirrel and swans in Wonder Lake
Mighty Denali and a whole lotta spruce

#YiPluribusDanum #AlaskaHoneymoon #RVLife #Wanderlust #SewardsFolly #Alaska #wildlife #mountains #AlaskaRange

Road to #Denali was simply magnificent! The tundra is ablaze in technicolor and the #AlaskaRange carved into the clouds all around us. There is stillness and yet so much life in this wilderness.
#yipluribusdanum #alaskahoneymoon #rvlife #denali #alaska #sewardsfolly #wilderness #mountains #bearspray

#WandTProjectSupport ! Today we look at Seward Alaska Fire Department. The city of Seward, named after William H. Seward, Secretary of State under president Lincoln, has a population of just over 2,000 people in an area roughly 14 square miles. The department is dedicated to the protection of life and property through prevention, education, and emergency response. And in 2006 celebrated 100 years of service. Congratulations on the years of service and may you continue to serve your beautiful community for 100 more years. We at Welds & Things say #thankyou #firedepartment #fdpatches #brave #firefighters #serve #protect #youareappreciated #sewardalaska #sewardalaskafd #sewardsfolly

It's still summer here and everyone is gone already. Fun fact: the whole state of Alaska has about as many people in it as the city of Boston #uselessknowledge #fastfax
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Alaska is so vast and the terrain so varied. Because it's so far physically removed from the rest of the country, it's easy to forget how enormous Alaska actually is. (Fun fact: If you overlay a map of Alaska onto a map of the contiguous states, the state of Alaska would stretch from Savannah, Georgia to San Francisco!) So much of Alaska's land is unspoiled by development, and it's a pretty amazing feeling to be in the midst of such wide open space. .
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#alaska #wideopenspaces #goadventuretogether #worldschooling #biggeststate #wilderness #all50states #takethekids #adventureawaits #sewardsfolly

A first pass on a collaboration triptych with @karlkoett and @austinparkhill. Painting the portraits of three, Russian American fisherman brothers. Part of a show on the Alaska Treaty of Session. #alaska #russia #sewardsfolly #Alaskapurchase #painting #portrait #art

It's a state of mind. #SewardsFolly

Finally stopped to enjoy the new Seward statute. #juneau #alaska #alaskacapitol #Seward #SewardsFolly

#SewardsFolly looking not so foolish during a quick ride down the #ChenaRiver 🐟

A rainy Sitka day for our 4th anniversary today. Taken from Castle Hill, the site of the battle between the Tlingit and the Russians who eventually took over Alaska. It also happens to be the site of the Alaska Purchase by Seward that eventually led to Alaska, the 49th state! #49 #49thstate #sitka #sewardsfolly #russianalaska #alaskahistory #alaskansdoingalaskanstuff #anniversarytrip #baranofisland

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