PETERSBURG-AK Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of Statehood for Alaska. On January 3rd, 1959, President Dwight Eisenhower signed the proclamation that officially made Alaska the 49th state. One of the key figures in the campaign for statehood was Petersburg’s Eldor Lee, who served as a delegate to the territory’s constitutional convention in 1955 and 1956. Lee was one of 16 delegates from southeast and 55 from around the state. Lee passed away in 2002, but his legacy lives on in the historic document that serves as the foundation for Alaska's state government. Matt Lichtenstein recently spent a morning visiting with Lee's widow, Polly, and produced this report:
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