To commemorate the sesquicentennial, Alaska Governor Bill Walker proclaimed 2017 "The Alaska Year of History and Heritage." The state's Alaska Historical Commission has made grants to assist with the activities. With the State of Nebraska and the City of Seward also celebrating their sesquicentennials, arrangements were made to continue the close relationship between the two states with some ,activities. A Ketchikan sculptor, David Rubin, was commissioned to create a likeness of William H. Seward which will be placed at the State Capitol in Juneau. With our City of Seward named for Secretary of State Seward, who was instrumental in the purchase of Alaska from Russia, it was agreed that Mr. Rubin and the statue would visit our town. The life sized statue, Mr. Rubin and I are shown here in downtown Seward this afternoon. Mr. Wayne Jensen who is traveling with the folks from Alaska made a presentation this evening about Secretary Seward at the Bottle Rocket Brewery..