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<br />CITY OF SEWARD, ALASKA <br />HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION <br />RESOLUTION 2002-01 <br /> <br />A RESOLUTION OF THE SEWARD HISTORIC PRESERVATION <br />COMMISSION, SUPPORTING THE ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE <br />ADOPTION OF HOUSE BILL 96 RELATING TO THE STATE <br />ACQUISITION AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE JESSE LEE HOME <br /> <br />WHEREAS, the City of Seward owns the historic Jesse Lee Home property; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, the Jesse Lee Home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for the <br />critical role it played in serving the health care and educational needs of Alaska's native children <br />orphaned during a wave of devastating epidemics, and because the home fostered many children who <br />have distinguished themselves in a wide variety of fields; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, John Ben (Benny) Benson Jr. designed Alaska's flag while residing at the Jesse <br />Lee Home, and the site was honored as the location for the first official raising of the Alaska State <br />flag on July 9, 1927; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, the City of Seward's 2001 and 2002 State Legislative Priorities includes <br />promoting legislation to have the Jesse Lee Home transferred to the State Property Inventory; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, last year the State Legislature introduced House Bill 96 which would enable the <br />State to acquire the Jesse Lee Home property, and manage it in a way that recognizes its contribution <br />in the state's history; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, House Bill 96 passed through the House of Representatives in last years <br />legislative session, and should be addressed by the Senate during this years session; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, for many years the Jesse Lee Home has been consistently cited by Seward <br />residents as a high priority for historic preservation, however, many residents feel its salvation is <br />beyond the scope of a small community, and that its status as a state historic treasure and home ofthe <br />Alaska flag design should be recognized and addressed by the State; and <br /> <br />NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SEWARD HISTORIC <br />PRESERVATION COMMISSION, that: <br /> <br />Section 1. The Seward Historic Preservation Commission supports the adoption of House <br />Bill 96 relating to the State acquisition and development of the Jesse Lee Home. <br />