The History of Education in Alaska

Events

Bering and Aleksey Chirikov sight Alaska

1741

A permanent Russian settlement is established in Unalaska

1772

The waters of Alaska are explored by Juan Perez, James Cook, and George Vancouver

1774 - 1794

Kodiak Island's first settlement in Three Saint's Bay

1784

George Vancouver sights Mount McKinley

1794

Russian Post is established called Old Sitka

1799

Father Herman, last survivor of Russian missionaries dies on Spruce Island near Kodiak

1837

John Veniaminov-Bilingual School translates multiple school books to Alutiq

1841

Missionary school in Sitka opens, offers studies in Aleut, Tlingit, and Eskimo languages, medicine and Latin

1845

New Archangel Seminary opens under V-Control

1845

Russian explorer-trappers find the first oil seeps in Cook Inlet

1853

Baron Edouard de Stoeckl given authority to sale Alaska

1859

Russians estimate the Native Alaskan Christians population at 12,000, with 35 chapels, 9 churches, 17 schools, and 3 orphanages in 43 communities

1860

Under the direction of President Andrew Jackson Alaska is bought for $7.2 million dollars

1867

Gold is discovered near Sitka

1872

John Brady-Begins boarding schools for Natives in Sitka (Now Sheldon Jackson College)

1877

Sheldon Jackson founds churches in Alaska

1877

Alaska's Population: 33,426

1880

Discovery of Gold in Juneau

1880

Senator Benjamin Harrison-Federal Law passed "First Organic Act"

1884

Alaska's Population: 32,052

1890

First Oil Claims staked in Cook Inlet area

1891

U.S Geological Survey begins mapping Alaska

1898

Liquor Licensing System

1899

Juneau replaces Sitka as the state's capital

1906

Education is available for non-natives

1912

President Woodrow Wilson-authorizes first railroad

1913 - 1921

Mount McKinley National Park

1917

First Alaska railroad finished

1923

Alaska Education Association is created

1930

Population: 59,278

1930

The Buruea of Indian Affairs takes over education of natives from the Buruea of Education

1931

Alaska Highway is built

1942

Dutch Harbor is bombedand Attu and Kiska Islands are occupied by Japanese forces

1942

Alaskans pass referendum for statehood

1946

Oil well drilled near Eureka

1953

Statehood

1959

Oil and gas discoveries at Prudhoe Bay $900 million oil lease

1968

Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act

1971

Services sued the State of Alaska on behalf of Molly Hootch, she claimed that the villages and Buruea were not teaching the same standards

1972

First Sled Dog race-Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race

1973

Trans Alaska pipeline receives final approval, construction begins

1974

Population soars with construction of pipeline

1975

Permanent Fund Dividend is introduced

1980

Anchorage receives eh U.S. bid for the 1994 Olympics

1985

Worst oil spill in U.S history

1989

Diseased herring appear in Prince William Sound for second year in a row

1994

Alaska's Worst wildfire destroys $ 8.8 million in homes and other buildings.

1996

Falling oil prices force state to use budget reserve funds

1998

Alaska's Minimum wage is raised by $1.50

2003

Oil Prices reach all time high $70 a barrel

2005

Alaska voters elect first female governer, Sarah Palin

2006

Oil prices hit an all time high of $147.27 per barrel

2009