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Photo: A day of honor for Judge Wickersham

John Venables, right, dressed as Judge James Wickersham, celebrates the Day of Honor...For more information on the Alaska Living HIstory program, contact John Venables at or by calling 321-4500.
Historical re-enactment to celebrate state's purchase

Haines resident John Venables re-enacts historical Alaska figures as a way to help future generations...will sing his song "House of Wickersham" between presentations. John Venables has been visiting local schools on his visit to Juneau to bring...
Happy (almost) Alaska Day, Juneau

...proposal. (Spoiler alert: It involves pancakes.)John Venables, who created the educational program Alaska's different from Seward's Day? Click here to read John Venables tell the story in his own words in an article that was...
Seward statue to be built across from Capitol building

...the sculpture will be built."This is phase one," John Venables, the local historian and re-enactor spearheading...fantastic to honor William Henry Seward," Becker said. "John Venables has his project, and we think it's a great idea...
Senior lunch fundraiser pancake breakfast

...refreshments, expect a healthy serving of polka music from Dale Wygant and his band, plus Alaska Living History's John Venables in character as William Henry Seward. The breakfast is $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under, with funds...
Photo: Ernest Gruening Day

...grandfather, Ernest Gruening, at the State Historic Library in the State Office Building on Wednesday. Local historian John Venables held a ceremony recognizing Gruening's major contributions as the "Father of Alaska Statehood" and as a champion...
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Ceremony scheduled for Ernest Gruening Day

...observance ceremony to mark the statesman's accomplishments and contributions to the state of Alaska.Local historian John Venables said the ceremony will be held from noon to 12:45 p.m. at the Alaska State Library Reading Room.The program...
Judge James A. Wickersham's legacy lives on

...his golden years.Assembly member Mary Becker read a proclamation on behalf of the mayor's office, and historian John Venables, famous for dressing up as Alaskan historical figures, wore a black judicial robe throughout the celebration and...
June 30 marks a historic day, vote in Alaska's history

...House of Representatives two days earlier, but the Senate was a different matter. "Nobody thought it would pass," John Venables said. Venables does a traveling historical program, called "Journey to Statehood - Celebrating the 50th Anniversary...
Wickersham's 152nd birthday observance to be held Monday

...than to remember the man who changed Alaska destiny on his birthday, at his home," said Wickersham impersonator John Venables. "Long ago, James Wickersham's birthday was a celebrated as an Alaskan state holiday. He is recognized as the...


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