On Constitution Day

September 17 of each year is an opportunity to remind others and ourselves about the story of the signing of the US Constitution in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

A search on the Chronicling America website uncovered the following August 27, 1919 news article describing the origin of this federal observance for Alaskans, from page 8 of the Alaska Daily Empire:


A search for “Constitution Day” resulted in 134 items from Alaskan newspapers.

To conduct your own search, visit the Chronicling America website. In addition, a copy of the US Constitution is available online from the National Archives.

In other news, staff at the Alaska State Library are currently working on a few new titles for public access on ChronAm. Keep on the lookout in the coming season for:

  • Alaska Fisherman
  • Kodiak Mirror (known as the Kodiak Daily Mirror since 1976)
  • Socialist Press

Finally, the staff at the State Library would like to welcome Sam, our new Project Coordinator with the National Digital Newspaper Program, who is humbled in his new role of resuming duties–to include reporting on the blog–from others who have laid the foundation work through their impressive creative talents.

Sam is from Central New York, holds a Masters degree in Library and Information Studies, and is enjoying Juneau and Alaska for the very first time. Welcome, Sam!



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