Join us in the Commemoration of an Alaskan & American Icon
The Walter Harper Project
Help us build a life size bronze statue to commemorate Walter Harper, the first person to reach the summit of Denali.
Donations from Gold Supporters
Donations from Corporate Donors
Thank you to all who have supported the Walter Harper Project so far. Give now to join the efforts of these supporters.
Al & Ann Renfroe
Gary & Susan Wilken
Ronald & Nancy Whitten
Linda S. Belarde
Jan Harper (Petri) Haines
Mary and Lars Ehrlander
To Be Determined
Searching for an Artist
The Walter Harper Project Team is currently reviewing proposals from artists. Keep an eye out for updates!
Relative of Walter Harper
Life Long Alaskan; Former Staff Assistant to Governor Jay Hammond
Author of Walter Harper, Alaska Native Son; UAF Professor of History
Retired teacher, Doyon, Ltd. shareholder
Sr. VP of Administration- Doyon, Limited
Angela J. Linn
Senior Collections Manager, UA Museum of the North
Fairbanks Native Association
501 C 3 Partnership
We are excited to announce our partnership with the Fairbanks Native Association.
Walter HArper Day
Alaska Senator Click Bishop
October 2, 2019
Senator Click Bishop and staff are working with the Walter Harper Project to have a state day of recognition on June 7th for Walter Harper and the expedition.
official project announcement
Watch the News
October 22, 2019
Mary Ehrlander and Marcus Sanders are out spreading the news of the Walter Harper Project.
State of Alaska Legislative Session 2020
Walter Harper Day
January 21, 2020
A special thanks to Senator Click Bishop and Darwin Peterson for putting together the legislation to create a Walter Harper Day.
Walter Harper Day PASSES HOUSE & Senate!!!
Walter Harper Day Approved!
March 4, 2020
The State of Alaska House of Representatives passed SB144 creating Walter Harper Day. The bill now awaits the Governor Dunleavy's signature.
Walter harper day official!
Governor Signs Bill
April 29, 2020
Governor Dunleavy signed SB144 into law, officially designating June 7 as Walter Harper Day.
Doyon Plaza as site of sculpture
Walter Harper Statue to be Placed at Doyon Headquarters
July 24, 2020
Doyon, Limited announced that when completed, the Walter Harper statue will be housed outside of the Doyon Plaza in downtown Fairbanks. Thank you to the Doyon board of directors who approved this request.
First Alaskans Institute supports project
Elders and Youth Conference Pass Resolution of Support
AFN Supports Project
AFN Board Pass Resolution of Support
December 8, 2020
The AFN Board of Directors passed a resolution in support of the Walter Harper Project . Stay tuned for the link to the resolution!
Much More to Come!!!