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Alaska: Education, The Land, The People

  • Cossack horsemen arrive - Create first Russian Villiage in AK

  • Berring explorered AK's NW coast, established Russian claim to the territory

  • First Russian ships arrived and established fur trade

  • First mission school for Eskimos founded Nushagak by Russian Orthodox Church

  • Fort Yukon established

  • Russian explorers find oil in Cook Inlet

  • Gold discovered on Stikine River

  • Russia sold Alaska to the United States for $7.2 million

  • A variety of Christian churches founded schools throughout Alaska

  • Gold discovered near Stitka

  • George Halt becomes first man to cross Chilkoot Pass in search for gold

  • Gold discoverd near Juneau

  • First commercial herring fishing begins in AK

  • Steamships begin bringing tourists

  • Funds for education in Alaska distributed to existing mission schools

  • Use of English in native schools

  • Over 60,000 arrive in AK in pursuit of gold

  • Local communities authorized to found school boards

  • Capitol moved from Stitka to Juneau

  • Theodore Roosevelt established Tongass National Forest

  • First teachers conference held in Juneau

  • The Alaska School Service develops first state curriculum

  • Mt. Katmai explodes, creating valley of 10,000 smokes

  • Women get right to vote in Alaska Territory

  • Alaska Agricultural and Mining School opens; later becomes University of Alaska

  • Alaska Natives recieve US Citizenship

  • Japaneese invade Alutians

  • Alaska Highway opened to civilian traffic

  • First edition of "We Teach in Alaska" issued to remote AK teachers

  • Alaska becomes 49th state

  • Good Friday earthquake. Over $500 million in damage. Valdez completely destroyed

  • Exxon Valdez oil spill