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    National Historical Park Alaska


War helmet
Sitka National Historical Park cares for more than 154,000 museum collection items. Tlingit ethnographic items, Russian American archeological and historical items, historical photos, archives and herbarium specimens are found in the collection. Highlights of the collection include totem poles, Chilkat weaving, Tlingit oral history recordings, 19th century Russian furniture, Russian Orthodox icons and vestments and two hundred original glass plate negatives by Sitkan photographer E.W. Merrill.

Did You Know?

Historic photo of Castle Hill

The transfer of Alaska from Russia took place in Sitka. On October 18, 1867, the Russian flag was lowered on Castle Hill, home of Alaska's Russian governors, the American flag was raised, and a brief exchange of statements completed the transfer of Alaska to the United States.