Datebook: October 18 - Formal Transfer of Alaska 145 Years Ago

Oct 18, 2012

Oh, William Seward... you folly fool. The Secretary of State was the laughingstock of the nation when he purchased Alaska from Russia in March of 1867, little did anyone know that the land was rich in gold, copper, and oil. The transfer ceremony was held on this day 145 years ago. Russians went home, Americans moved in. They couldn't pay me to live there!

It’s Thursday, October 18

The voice faculty of Murray State University presents “The Way We Were” tonight at 7:30 in the Performing Arts Hall.  Performers include Sonya Baker, Randall Black, Tana Field, Chris Mitchell, Hope Fairchild Thacker, and pianist Mee Youn Park.  The repertoire includes songs the faculty members originally performed on their own undergraduate recitals.  Admission is free.

The first Doggie Day Spa of the fall semester is Saturday from 9 to 2 at Carmen Pavilion, across from Calloway County High School.  Murray State Animal Health Technology students bathe dogs, clean ears, and trim nails, and the Humane Society offers microchipping.  See details at

The Art Guild of Paducah holds its second annual Art in the Vineyard event Saturday from 11 to 5 at Purple Toad Winery.  Members sell their work and demonstrate their skills throughout the afternoon.  Proceeds provide scholarships for high school students and help sponsor the Paducah Empty Bowls Project. 

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