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    Sitka

    National Historical Park Alaska

People

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Photograph of Tlingit in Sitka by E.W. Merrill.

The Tlingit: "People on the Outside of Shee"
Sustained by the ocean for centuries, the Tlingit enjoyed a rich cultural life and established many villages along the panhandle, including Shee Atika on Baranof Island, which meant “people on the outside of Shee."

 
Russian Bishop's House, circa 1850

Historic sketch of the Russian Bishop's House

The Russians: 1791 – 1867
Baranov’s quest took him from his first headquarters on Kodiak Island southeast to the Tlingit village of Shee Atika, which, in 1804, the Russians replaced with their own settlement, New Archangel (Novo Archangelsk), later called Sitka.

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M Etholen

Margareth Etholen, wife of the colony's governor, influenced the founding of the Lutheran Church in Sitka.

The Finnish Connection: 1794 - 1867
The "Finnish Connection" was significant and enduring. Finnish men and women sought their fortunes in Russian America, leaving a lasting impression seen in the Lutheran Church, Russian Bishop's House, and St. Michael's Cathedral.

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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.