Sitka’s Alaska Day Focus: Sitka National Historical Park
Contact: Dusty Kidd, (907) 747-0129
Alaska Day inSitka is a week-long series of events celebrating the transfer of Alaska from Imperial Russia to the United States in Sitka on October 18, 1867. This year's festivities were particularly meaningful to the National Park Service because the focus of the celebration was the centennial of Sitka National Historical Park.
The Sitka contingent was led by acting Chief of Interpretation Clarence Wadkins, left, and Volunteer Don Jones, right, carrying a park banner, “100 Years of Culture.” Superintendent Randy Y. Larson, greeted well-wishers, including U. S. Sen. Mark Begich, who wished the park staff a happy Alaska Day. Larson piloted one of the three park vehicles along the parade route. The parade included military units such as the Army National Guard and the 9th Army Band, a flyover
Park staff joined in the week’s festivities by offering an open house on Saturday, October 16, with a special ranger-led tour of the historic Russian Bishop’s House, and ranger-led Totem and Battle Walks at the battle site unit.
Sitka National Historical Park forms up for the start of the Alaska Day parade: (kneeling from left) Tom Gamble, Jon Fish; (standing from left) Don Jones, Bob Geiger, Clarence Wadkins, Tami Jo Weissberg, Chelsea Ulrich, Randy Y. Larson, Ralph Moll, Dusty Kidd and Mike Johnson.
One of Sitka’s best-known parade vehicles: Sitka National Historical Park’s Gem eS “Bubble Car,” an electric vehicle used for short commutes between park units and for small errands.
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