Remarks by Lt. Governor Byron Mallott
The celebration of 100 years of Alaska being in the possession of the United States has now moved to 2017. The sesquicentennial – the 150th Anniversary of the United States acquiring the Russian Interest in what is really the continent of Alaska (laughter) …and in 2017 this building will help celebrate the activities…of the 150th…anniversary.
The Alaska Historical Commission will be fully engaged with other institutions, communities and leaders across the state in the celebration. This building, as Governor Walker and others will attest, is incredibly special. It shows what Alaska can do and it will endure. …. as Bob Banghart, who has been intimately involved with the development of this building says, it is a 100 year old building in terms of its capacity, …a celebration and safe place and a wonderful exhibit of all that makes Alaska’s history endure.
This building celebrates what Alaskans can achieve – it celebrates the vision of Alaskans and it celebrates what, if we make the right choices about our future in the coming days, we can celebrate both collectively and symbolically.
…When we say Alaska can build the most beautiful edifices, we can [also] build the most incredible future and we can do it together. This building is so emblematic of that [ability]. And to all of those that made this building possible through their leadership, their work and their effort. Thank you so much for this day. (Applause)