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Rare portraits go on display at Anchorage Museum

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Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 8:56 am

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Anchorage Museum has something rare and special on display.

The museum is exhibiting historic portraits of the parents of the first governor of Russian-America, a place called Alaska.

The Russian government appointed Baron Ferdinand von Wrangel to be the chief manager of Russian-America in 1829. The portraits of his parents, Peter and Dorthea Wrangel, are believed to have been painted in 1807.

Monica Shah, the Director of Collections at the Anchorage Museum, told KTUU-TV ( that the portraits were in extremely poor condition when they were first received. She says it took a year to repair the 200-year-old paintings. They are on display until February 10.

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