Seward's Day commemorates the signing on March 30, 1867, of the treaty under which the United States bought Alaska from Russia. The state holiday is named for William Henry Seward, who negotiated the treaty while he was secretary of state under President Abraham Lincoln.
State offices and most banks will be closed today in observance of Seward's Day. Alaska USA Federal Credit Union will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
State agencies and offices are closed -- including the courthouse -- but federal, city, school district and borough offices will be open. Schools will hold classes, too.
The Kenai Public Health Center will be closed today. The center's immunization clinics for Monday is canceled.
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