Creating Alaska
Alaska business and community leaders arrive in Washington D.C. to lobby Congress and the President for Alaska Statehood, May 10, 1954.

Question has been asked as to whether Alaska can support statehood. I do not know the exact cost but I am prepared to pay my share and am confident that the budget is within our means. I find it difficult to write up a price tag on freedom.

-Elmer E. Rasmuson - President, National Bank of Alaska and one of the leading advocates for statehood in the Alaska business community

Alaska Business Leaders Who Campaigned for Statehood