rides with her husband Todd and daughter Willow
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin took part in Auburn's Founders Day on June 6, 2009. This event celebrated the 50th anniversary of Alaskan statehood. Founders Day is an annual celebration of the Auburn's history.
Going Rogue, Palin's book, is being released this week in the midst of a national media blitz.
In the book Palin calls her visit to Auburn and the Finger Lakes “inspiring,” stating she was able to visit sites associated with “heroic figures” like Harriet Tubman - who helped runaway slaves escape through the Underground Railroad - and women's rights pioneers Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.
Palin recalls in the book seeing Tubman's home in Auburn, a visit that took place the day before Founders Day. “As with Seward, Tubman hadn't taken the easy path. But it was the right path,” Palin writes.
William H. Seward, one of Auburn's most famous residents, was responsible for the United States' purchase of Alaska.
On pages 12-13 of her book, Palin points out that Seward dealt with a lot of criticism for the purchase, which was panned as “Seward's Folly.” But she called him a “visionary” for seeing the land's valuable resources and strategic position.
“Decades later, (Seward) was posthumously vindicated, as purveyors of unpopular common sense often are,” Palin wrote.