Getting Ready for 2016
The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it's not about cakes and candles — it's about being an organization ready to take on the challenges of our second century. Our blueprint to get there — A Call to Action — outlines the innovative work we want to accomplish. Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing locally and get involved!
Klondike Gold Rush NHP partnered with the local community center to host a group of teens on the historic Chilkoot Trail. Teens backpacked the internationl trail in 6 days, and learned about the natural and cultural history of the place they call home. The teens also helped improve the trail by working with the NPS trail crew to fix a part that was washed out. Read more
Klondike Gold Rush NHP hosted a series of Heirloom workshops and artifact identification sessions in order to engage the community in their own history. Locals brought in their historical items and learned to care for them. This lesson in prservation helped engage the community in the mission of the park and its goals to preserve the history of Skagway, AK. Read more
The KlondikeLetters.com is a live journal created by Chilkoot Trail Artist in Residence Corrie Francis Parks. The website features her images, postcards created by hikers, vidoes, and animations that were created during her two week journey over the trail. This will allow everyone, those that have hiked the trail, those that plan to, and even those who just dream to a chance to experience the Chilkoot Trail. Read more
Klondike Gold Rush NHP has gone Digital and Green! The park has developed a new iBook version of its Junior Ranger Books that directly relate to the exhibits at the park's new Junior Ranger Activity Center. Read more
Did You Know?
The Chilkoot Trail was an important trade route connecting the Tlingits with interior First Nation peoples long before the Klondike Gold Rush. Dyea or Deiyaa (Tlingit for "to pack") was a small Native settlement used as a fishing camp and staging area for trade expeditions to and from the interior.