2010 International Conference on Russian America, August 19 - 21, 2010
A cultural crossroads
Until the United States purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867, the Russian empire laid claim to this part of North America. For nearly 100 years, the Russians called Sitka their Alaskan capital.
Under the tsars, Sitka became a unique cultural crossroads of Native Alaskan, Russian, and American communities.
Celebrating this aspect of Sitka's past, on August 19-21, 2010, Sitka National Historical Park will co-sponsor the 2010 Conference on Russian America.
Scholars from around the world will be invited to present original research exploring the history and significance of Sitka. The International Association of Specialists on Russian America will co-sponsor the event with the National Park Service.
Click here for details of the August conference
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Did You Know?
On January 3, 1959, Alaska was admitted as the 49th state of the Union. The 49-star American flag was flown in Sitka for the first time on July 4 of that year.