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Russian Possession Plaque

Russian Possession Plaque

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One of twenty buried by Russian explorers on Alaska's coast, this plaque formally marked Russia's claim to the land. This is the only one found although efforts have been mounted to locate the other plaques. The plaque reads: "Land of Russian Possession".

The possession plaque was buried by Russian explorers at Sitka about 1799 and recovered during archeological excavations in the mid 1930's.

A facsimile of the plaque can be seen at the Russian Bishop's House.

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Totem hall at Sitka National Historical Park

Alaska’s Governor John Brady asked leaders from several southeast Alaska villages to donate totem poles for public exhibitions outside of Alaska, and eventually, for display at Sitka’s popular public park. More than a dozen Tlingit and Haida poles were placed along the park’s trail in 1906. More...