Amid Fourth of July festivities, Nolan Center marks decade


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The Nolan Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary July 1. The Center has hosted weddings, funerals conventions over the years.

It began, in part, with a dance.

In 2004, Alaska's first lady and many residents of the town attended the ribbon cutting for the newly constructed James and Elsie Nolan Center. Amid the festivities and speeches of thanks, then-city manager Bob Prunella called Dorothy Ottesen in front of nearly 450 attendees, according to the July 8, 2004 edition of the Wrangell Sentinel. Ottesen had often vowed to dance in the museum, were it ever constructed.

"The two danced a two-step in front of a clapping and encouraging crowd," the Sentinel article reads in part.

The Nolan Center – convention


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