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Colonel John Mitchell Chapter

National Society

Daughters of the American Revolution

Anchorage, Alaska

In 1795, the daughter of the chief of the Kenaitze tribe was given as a bride to Alexander Baranof, first Russian governor of Alaska.  It was Baranof who gave her the name Anna.  In 1797, when Baranof was 50 years old, Anna presented him with his first son, Antipatr.  When Antipatr was five years old, a daughter was born, Irina. Baranof moved his seat of government from Kodiak to Sitka and three years later his family joined him in Sitka where he had built  himself a log castle high on the hill overlooking the bay.  It is this time in Anna's life that this dress depicts.  Sitka was the center of Pacific trade.  Baranof enjoyed the pomp and glory of a ruler.  He gave sumptuous banquets in his imposing castle, and proudly showed visitors his well-stocked library and piano. Anna and her accomplished daughter Irina acted as gracious hostesses. Anna was happy when, after a long delay, she was accepted for baptism.  She became a devout Christian.  Her grandson Alexander became a monk. Alaskans owe a debt of gratitude to the Kenaitze princess who devoted her life to preserve peace among her native people and for aiding Baranof in achieving his dreams in governing Alaska.

Carol Ross was Alaska State Regent when she conceived as her project the design and creation of an extensive wardrobe for the 1987 National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution annual state doll.   Each year a certain state agrees to furnish a doll for a drawing to benefit the Helen Pouch Memorial Scholarship Fund.  It took five years to complete the project -- with chapters in Anchorage, Eagle River, Fairbanks, Juneau, and Kodiak all contributing to the effort.

The Col. John Mitchell chapter in Anchorage led the effort. Carol herself made many of the clothes.

Carol came to Alaska when she was two years old and followed in her grandmother's footsteps with active involvement in the DAR.  She was Outstanding Junior for the Western Division in 1972, Regent of the Col. John Mitchell Chapter, 1972-1974; and Alaska State Regent, 1983-1985.

Carol was a home economics instructor at East Anchorage High School prior to her retirement.  Her husband Bill made the steamer trunk for the Alaska doll, her wardrobe, and accoutrements.

Gib Whitehead, Photographer

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