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Von Wrangels share history with namesake town


Caleb Vierkant / Petersburg Pilot

Carola von Wrangel talking about some of the von Wrangel family history at the Nolan Center Tuesday afternoon. The city of Wrangell is named after her ancestor Ferdinand von Wrangel, who governed the area for the Russian Empire in the 1800s.

WRANGELL - "For us, this journey is called 'In the footsteps of Ferdinand von Wrangel,' and you are a big footstep," said Carola von Wrangel to the gathered crowd at the Nolan Center.

Ferdinand von Wrangel was governor of the Russian Empire's holdings in Alaska in the early 1800s, as well as an avid explorer and scientist. The city of Wrangell is named after Baron von Wrangel. He also oversaw the construction of the first fortification on Wrangell Island in 1834. He would go on to be a part of the Russian admiralty and as president of the Russian-American company, which had a large stake in...

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