The Russian presence in Alaska began in 1741. With the Russian population, came a large Russian influence throughout the state. They brought Russian language, arts, customs and religion. There were many Orthodox Churches built throughout Alaska. Visitors can still see them in Southeast and South central cities such as Kenai, Kodiak, and what was the Russian capitol, Sitka. Russians remained in Alaska until 1867 when they sold it the United States for only 7.2 million dollars.
Much of the art brought over from Russia remains in Alaska today. Every corner you turn has a shop filled with Russian Matryoshka dolls, eggs, traditional icons and much more. The artwork is such a beautiful way of remembering our Russian heritage