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July 28, 2013
July 29 to August 3 - Ranger-led programs at Sitka NHP
In addition to regular weekly programs, Sitka NHP Ranger Michael Hess offers a look at how two specially trained architects used photo imaging, computer modeling, and a 3D laser scanner to document and preserve the park’s totem poles digitally for the next 500 years on Wednesday, July 31 at 7 p.m. at the Sitka NHP visitor center.

July 15, 2013
July 15 - 20 Ranger-led Programs at Sitka NHP
Sitka National Historical Park offers daily guided programs revealing the park’s diverse natural and cultural resources.

June 27, 2013
Architects Scan Sitka Totem Poles for Library of Congress Archive
Following in the footsteps of Sitka National Historical Park’s first custodian, E.W. Merrill, whose photographs from the turn of the century documented the arrival of the totem poles to the park, two specially trained architects will laser scan the park’s totem poles this weekend, preserving them digitally for a permanent collection in the Library of Congress archives.

June 24, 2013
Prescribing The Path to Wealth and Fitness
While many visitors are enriched physically and mentally walking the trails at Sitka National Historical Park, one walker also became a little wealthier this month as a participant of the Park Prescription Program.

February 15, 2013
Sitkan Eric Jordan Walks His Way to Fitness with the Park Prescriptions Program
Long-time Sitka resident and commercial fisherman Eric Jordan has just become Sitka National Historical Park’s first participant to successfully fulfill his “Park Prescription.”

February 07, 2013
Park Continues Evening Program Series
Sitka National Historical Park, (February 7, 2013) - Looking to liven up these long Alaskan nights? Sitka National Historical Park continues its winter program series, “An Evening in the Park” during the month of February.

January 29, 2013
Seeking Local Hire Applicants
Seeking Local Hire Applicants for Entry Level GS-03 Summer Park Guide

January 22, 2013
Seeking Local Hire Applicants for Summer Park Guides
Seeking Local Hire Applicants for GS-04 Summer Park Guide.

October 15, 2012
Park Transitions to Winter Hours
Sitka National Historical Park (October 15, 2012) – Sitka National Historical Park will be transitioning to its winter season operations.

October 09, 2012
Hazard Tree Removal and Temporary Closure of Park Trails
– Weather permitting, six hazard trees along the eastern boundary of Sitka National Historical Park near the Arrowhead Trailer Court will be removed starting tomorrow, Wednesday, October 10th.

October 02, 2012
Hazard Tree Removal
Weather permitting, six hazard trees along the eastern boundary of Sitka National Historical Park near the Arrowhead Trailer Court will be removed starting on Wednesday, October 10th

September 17, 2012
Park to Celebrate National Public Lands Day on September 29th
On Saturday, September 29, tens of thousands of volunteers will visit their favorite parks, beaches, wildlife preserves, or forests and chip in to help improve these treasured places.

September 17, 2012
Reminder that Park Photo Contest Deadline is September 19th
Calling all local photographers!

September 07, 2012
Park Photo Contest Deadline is September 19th
Sitka National Historical Park, (September 7, 2012) -Calling all local photographers! Sitka National Historical Park’s annual photo contest will celebrate the park’s role in our local community

September 04, 2012
Park Hosts Special Program with Historian John Cloud
This Wednesday, September 5th at 7:00 p.m. John Cloud, a contract historian at the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey will present an illustrated evening program in the Visitor Center theater titled: Finding Their Way- The Native Alaskan Contribution to 19th Century American Cartography.

August 27, 2012
Park Offers Final Program in Summer Series in 2012
Sitka National Historical Park (August 27, 2012) – Sitka National Historical Park concludes its summer evening program series this week.

August 23, 2012
Park Offers Founder Day Celebration this Saturday August 25th
In recognition of the 96th anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service, Sitka National Historical Park will offer fantastic naturalist programs for the whole family this Saturday, August 25th.

August 20, 2012
Park Sponsors Photo Contest 2012
Sitka National Historical Park, (August 19, 2012) -Calling all local photographers! Sitka National Historical Park will be holding a photo contest to celebrate the park’s role in our local community.

August 14, 2012
Park Showcases “Up and Coming Artists"
Up and Coming Artists

July 25, 2012
SummerProgramSeries
Evening in the Park

July 03, 2012
July 4th Activities at Sitka National Historical Park
Sitka National Historical Park (June 28, 2012): This July 4th, join the staff of Sitka National Historical Park at the Russian Bishop's House for Independence Day activities.

June 07, 2012
American Hiking Society National Trails Day Event
Sitka National Historical Park (June 4, 2012) – On Saturday June 2nd over 100 people from our island community celebrated National Trails Day at Sitka National Historical Park.

June 01, 2012
American Hiking Society National Trails Day® Event
Sitka National Historical Park (June 2, 2012,) –Come celebrate the outdoors and get healthy! Sitka National Historical Park will host a daylong event in honor of the American Hiking Society’s 20th annual National Trails Day.® The event will be held at the park Visitor Center from 9 am – 5pm. This is a day dedicated to park trails, health and the community of Sitka.

April 17, 2012
Paid Student Art Apprenticeships
Paid Student Art Apprenticeships at Sitka National Historical Park

March 03, 2012
Park Offers “An Evening in the Park” Program Series
Sitka National Historical Park (March 1, 2012) – Looking to liven up these long Alaskan nights? Sitka National Historical Park concludes its winter program series, “An Evening in the Park” during the month of March

February 16, 2012
Park seeks students for summer YCC positions
Park seeks students for summer YCC positions

February 16, 2012
Park Visitor Center Closed for Washington’s Birthday
Park Visitor Center Closed for Washington’s Birthday

February 13, 2012
Sitka National Historical Park’s February 23rd Evening Program
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Sitka National Historical Park’s February 23rd Evening Program, Mysteries on Monastery Street with Nancy Yaw Davis, has been canceled.

January 25, 2012
International Year of Forests Film Festival
Sitka National Historical Park (January 23, 2012): The Sitka Ranger District of the Tongass National Forest and Sitka National Historical Park will present the fourth and final week of films celebrating the International Year of Forests starting on January 26th at the park’s Visitor Center Theater.

January 21, 2012
Seeking Applications for Sitka National Historical Park 2012
Seeking Applications for Sitka National Historical Park 2012 Artist-In-Residence Program

November 25, 2011
Bears of North America Evening Program and Book Signing
Sitka National Historical Park (November 25, 2011) – Please join Matthias Breiter, author of Bears-- A Year in the Life (2006) and The Bears of Katmai (2008) for his evening program, “Bears of North America.” The program will take place on Thursday, December 8th at 7:00 p.m. at the Sitka National Historical Park Visitor Center Theater.

November 22, 2011
Application Period for Summer Seasonal Positions
Sitka National Historical Park (November 22, 2011) – Are you interested in working for the National Park Service this summer? Sitka National Historical Park will be hiring seasonal park rangers, park guides, and one seasonal law enforcement ranger.

October 31, 2011
PARK CELEBRATES NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
Sitka National Historical Park, (October 28, 2011)— Sitka National Historical Park will offer events and activities this November in honor of Native American Heritage Month.

October 07, 2011
Fall Hours at Sitka National Historical Park
Sitka National Historical Park, (October 6, 2011) - Sitka National Historical Park has transitioned to its shoulder season operations. From now through October 22nd, the Visitor Center will be open daily from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

September 08, 2011
National Public Lands Day Celebrated September 24, 2011
Did you know that one-third of the land in America is yours?

September 06, 2011
Park Offers “An Evening in the Park” Summer Program Series
Sitka National Historical Park wraps up its summer evening program series.

August 30, 2011
New Temporary Exhibits at Sitka National Historical Park
Sitka National Historical Park, (August 29, 2011) – In celebration of National Park Service Founder's Day (August 25th) and National Public Lands Day (September 24th) two new temporary exhibits will be showcased at the Park's Visitor Center through September 30th.

August 01, 2011
Park Sponsors Photo Contest
Calling all local photographers! Sitka National Historical Park will be holding a photo contest to celebrate the role of the Indian River ecosystem in Sitka’s storied past.

August 01, 2011
Evening in the Park
Sitka National Historical Park (August 1, 2011) – Sitka National Historical Park continues its summer evening program series.

July 21, 2011
Book Signing
Bear Researcher and Author Matthias Breiter to Offer Book Signing at Sitka National Historical Park.

July 19, 2011
Bear in Park
CONFIRMED BEAR ACTIVITY IN SITKA NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK

June 13, 2011
NPS Seeks New Business Model for Native Arts Demonstration Program
Over the course of the next several months, the Park will engage community partners and cultural leaders in a dialogue about how a self-sustaining demonstration arts program could be established and operated at the Park’s Visitor Center.

May 17, 2011
America’s Best Ideas Grant
Nineteen national parks receive grants from the National Park Foundation to support interactive and engaging projects that will strengthen Americans’ connection with their national parks.

May 11, 2011
Totem Raising
May 15th Totem Pole Raising to Begin at 2:30 p.m.

May 04, 2011
Sitka National Historical Park, (May 4, 2011) - Summer Hours of Operation.
Sitka National Historical Park, (May 4, 2011) - Summer Hours of Operation.

April 20, 2011
May 15 Totem Pole Raising
Sitka National Historical Park (April 20, 2011) – The postponed raising of the Centennial Totem Pole at Sitka National Historical Park has been rescheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, May 15. This event is the culmination of a year of events and activities to mark the 100th year of Alaska’s oldest national park, including the presentation of a Centennial Ravenstail robe from Tlingit artist Teri Rofkar in March 2010, the E.W. Merrill photographic exhibit in April 2010, the Tlingit-Alutiiq Cultural Sharing in June, the 2010 International Conference on Russian America in August and the Alaska Day celebrations in October.

April 09, 2011
Weekend Centennial Events Remain Postponed
Park Open; Weekend Centennial Events Remain Postponed

April 08, 2011
Weekend event
Weekend Events are Postponed Due to Government Shutdown

April 06, 2011
Regarding Congressional Agreement and weekend Events
Regarding Congressional Agreement and weekend Events

March 28, 2011
Evening Program for April
Sitka National Historical Park (March 28, 2011) – Spring is in the air, and in honor of that Sitka National Historical Park will conclude its program series, “An Evening in the Park,” with two free spring-themed programs.

October 20, 2010
Sitka’s Alaska Day Focus: Sitka National Historical Park
No abstract supplied.

June 25, 2010
Alutiiq & Tlingit Cultural Sharing 2010
Over the weekend, Sitka National Historical Park and the Sitka Cultural Center hosted the Alutiiq-Tlingit Sharing of Cultures, one of a series of events through which the park is celebrating its Centennial year.

June 20, 2010
Sitka National Historical Park Maritime Artist Mark Myers Visits Sitka NHP
No abstract supplied.

September 08, 2009
Ranger-led Programs at the Park, September 9-16
No abstract supplied.

August 25, 2009
Ranger-led Programs at the Park, August 30-September 5
Ranger-led activities for August 30-September 5. All activities are free to the public.

August 20, 2009
Ranger-led Programs at the Park, August 23-29
Ranger-led activities for August 23-29. All activities are free to the public.

August 10, 2009
Ranger-led Programs at the Park, August 10-15
Ranger-led activities planned for August 10-15. All the activities are free to the public.

August 10, 2009
Ranger-led Programs at the Park, August 16-22
Ranger-led activities planned for August 16-22. All the activities are free to the public.

July 27, 2009
Ranger-led Programs at the Park, August 2-8
Ranger-led activities planned for August 2-8. All the activities are free to the public.

July 26, 2009
Ranger-led Programs at the Park, July 26 - August 1
Ranger-led activities planned for July 26-August 1. All the activities are free to the public.

July 18, 2009
Ranger-led Programs at the Park, July 20-25
Ranger-led activities planned for July 20-25. All the activities are free to the public.

July 15, 2009
100 Year Anniversary Community Meeting - July 21
Sitka National Historical Park will host a community meeting on July 21 to discuss the 100th year anniversary of the park.

July 13, 2009
Ranger-led Programs at the Park, July 13-18
Ranger-led activities planned for July 13-18. These activities are free to the public.

July 09, 2009
Aleutian History Presentation
Sitka National Historical Park is starting a series of evening presentations on a variety of topics throughout the rest of the summer. Our first presentation, on July 16, will be “The Aleutians: A History."

July 02, 2009
100 Year Anniversary Community Meeting
Sitka National Historical Park will host a community meeting on July 12 to discuss the 100th year anniversary of the park.

June 25, 2009
Sitka Family Weed Pull
Come out to Sitka National Historical Park on Saturday June 27, 2009 from 11-2pm and join us for the Sitka Family Weed Pull.

June 17, 2009
Fee Free Weekend
It’s a Fee FREE Weekend at Sitka National Historical Park on June 20 and 21.

May 28, 2009
Roofing Project
Sitka National Historical Park will begin reroofing the Visitor Center on May 26, 2009. The project will last through the summer.

May 11, 2009
Park Begins Summer Operations
Sitka National Historical Park returns to its summer schedule and operations, which includes seasonal changes in hours, parking and fees.

April 22, 2009
Winter Film Program, April 24-25
It seems as though the Winter Film Flurry has run out of winter so please join us for the last weekend of films at Sitka National Historical Park.

April 22, 2009
Curator's Corner
Sitka National Historical Park will be showcasing some of the archaeological treasures we have in our collection.

April 09, 2009
Winter Movie Program, April 11-12
Sitka National Historical Park will be continuing our weekend movie series with two movies at the visitor center theater this weekend.

April 02, 2009
Winter Movie Program, April 4-5
Sitka National Historical Park will be continuing our weekend movie series with two movies at the visitor center theater this weekend.

March 25, 2009
Winter Movie Program, March 28-29
Sitka National Historical Park will be continuing our weekend movie series with two movies at the visitor center theater this weekend.

March 19, 2009
Weekend Movie Program - March 22
Sitka National Historical Park will be continuing our weekend movie series with a movie at the visitor center theater this weekend.

March 16, 2009
Northwest Coast Art History Cruise
Cruise breathtaking Southeast Alaska waterways, from Sitka, to Juneau, to Kake, to Hoonah and back learning about historical and contemporary Northwest Coastal Art!

March 14, 2009
Open House at Sitka National Historical Park
No abstract supplied.

March 09, 2009
The Stories of Sitka National Historical Park
Please join us in the park’s auditorium on to help us evaluate and to help us shape the future of the interpretive programs at Sitka NHP for years to come.

March 04, 2009
Weekend Movie Program - March 7-8
Sitka National Historical Park will be continuing our weekend movie series at the visitor center theater.

February 26, 2009
Weekend Movie Program - February 28
Sitka National Historical Park will be continuing our winter movie series with this weekend.

February 19, 2009
Weekend Movie Program - February 21
Sitka National Historical Park will be continuing our weekend movie series with two movies at the visitor center theater this weekend.

February 12, 2009
Weekend Movie Program - February 14
Sitka National Historical Park will be continuing our weekend movie series with two movies at the visitor center theater this weekend.

February 04, 2009
Weekend Movie Program
Sitka National Historical Park will be showing two movies at the visitor center theater the weekend of February 7-8.

January 26, 2009
Park Seeks Summer Staff 
Sitka National Historical Park seeks applicants for seasonal and long term positions.

December 30, 2008
Holiday Closure
Park facilities and offices will be closed January 1, 2009.

December 19, 2008
Park Holiday Closures
Sitka National Historical Park facilities will be closed December 25 & 26.

December 19, 2008
Park Looks for Summer Staffing
Sitka National Historical Park is beginning its summer seasonal hire process. We are looking to hire park rangers and park guides for the interpretive division

September 25, 2008
Winter Hours to Begin at Sitka National Historical Park
Sitka National Historical Park will begin winter operations on Wednesday, October 1st.

September 04, 2008
Park Hosts Evening Program of Storytelling
Sitka National Historical Park continues its 2008 series of evening programs with an evening of cultural storytelling hosted by Park Ranger Dee Komakhuk. 

August 28, 2008
Ranger-led Programs at Sitka National Historical Park (August 30-September 5)
Ranger-led activities planned for August 30-September 5.

August 28, 2008
Park Evening Program on Rock Climbing
Sitka National Historical Park continues its 2008 series of evening programs with a presentation by Park Ranger and rock climber Steven Powers. 

August 28, 2008
Park Begins Fall Hours
Beginning August 29th, the Russian Bishop’s House will be open daily from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with tours every half hour. 

August 28, 2008
Historical Park Seeks Volunteers
Rangers at Sitka National Historical Park are looking for volunteers to help at the visitor center and at the Russian Bishop’s House as part of the National Park Service’s “Volunteers In Parks” program

August 14, 2008
Ranger-led Programs at Sitka National Historical Park (August 16-22)
Ranger-led programs for the week of August 16-22, 2008.

August 14, 2008
Park Evening Program on Yellowstone National Park
Sitka National Historical Park continues its series of evening programs with a presentation by Park Ranger and Yellowstone insider Audray Buhs, as she shares the story of Yellowstone.

August 07, 2008
Ranger-led Programs at Sitka National Historical Park (August 9-15)
Ranger-led activities for August 9-15, 2008.

August 07, 2008
Park Evening Program on WWII
Sitka National Historical Park begins a series of evening programs with a presentation by Park Ranger Jon Fish on the WWII fortification of the Sitka area.

July 31, 2008
Ranger-led Programs -- August 2-8
Ranger-led activities for August 2-8, 2008.

July 17, 2008
Book Signing at Park Visitor Center
Local author Doris Chapin Bailey will sign copies of her new book “A Divided Forest” at Sitka National Historical Park on Sunday, July 20th. 

June 26, 2008
In Search of Alaska's First Potato and Tlingit Agriculture
Juneau resident Elizabeth Kunibe will present a slide show on the history of the potato in Alaska this Friday, June 27th, at 7:00 P.M. in the Sitka National Historical Park Visitor Center. 

June 17, 2008
Waging War on Invasive Plants - Sitka Community Weed Pull
Volunteers are needed to help rid Sitka National Historical Park of invasive plants during Alaska Invasive Weed Awareness Week.

June 04, 2008
Temporary Changes to Visitor Center and Trail Access at Park
Sitka National Historical Park will begin a landscaping project June 11th that will improve pedestrian and maintenance vehicle access to the front of the park visitor center. The project includes replacing asphalt walkways with hardened gravel paths.

May 21, 2008
Park Begins Environmental Monitoring Project
Sitka National Historical Park has begun an environmental monitoring project designed to sample and analyze various components the air and vegetation.

May 15, 2008
Youth Invited for Regalia Portrait
Sitka youth ages 2 to 18 are invited to be part of a community photographic portrait of youth wearing traditional cultural regalia.

April 30, 2008
Park Begins Summer Hours and Operations
Sitka National Historical Park returns to its summer schedule on May 4th, bringing seasonal changes in the park’s hours of operation, parking and fees.

April 25, 2008
Cottages History Meeting
Following in the footsteps of a number of local historians, Sitka National Historical Park is researching the history of “the Cottages,” the historic neighborhood located along Kelly and Metlakatla streets at the edge of the Sheldon Jackson campus.

April 17, 2008
National Park Week 2008 Celebrates Kids in Parks
Sitka National Historical Park celebrates National Park Week 2008 (April 19-27).

April 01, 2008
Open House for New Park Superintendent
The public is invited to an open house welcoming Mary Miller, the park’s new Superintendent.

September 29, 2006
Sitka Saturdays - Winter Hours at Sitka National Historical Park will include Saturdays
Winter operations at the park begin October 1, 2006.

September 15, 2006
Ranger-led Programs at Sitka National Historical Park - September 16-26
Ranger-led activities for September 16-26, 2006.

September 07, 2006
Ranger-led Programs at Sitka National Historical Park - September 9-15
Ranger-led activities for the week September 9-15, 2006.

August 31, 2006
Ranger-led Programs at Sitka National Historical Park (September 2-8)
Ranger-led activities for September 2-8, 2006.

August 24, 2006
Ranger-led Programs at Sitka National Historical Park
Ranger-led activities for August 26-September 1.

August 24, 2006
Evening Program on "What is a Potlatch?"
The ranger-led program starts at 7:00 pm on August 31 in the Visitor Center theater.

July 14, 2006
East Parking Lot Closed July 17
Sitka National Historical Park’s east (Sawmill Creek Road) parking lot will be closed for paving on Monday, July 17th

July 13, 2006
Evening Program on WWII
The ranger-led program starts at 7:00 pm Thursday, July 20, in the Visitor Center theater.

July 13, 2006
Ranger-led Programs at Sitka National Historical Park (July 15-21)
Ranger-led programs provide you the opportunity to learn more about the

June 26, 2006
Weaving Tales: Award Winning National Park Service Artist to Appear at Folklife Festival
Native Alaskan artist Teri Rofkar will demonstrate the traditional art of Tlingit Indian basket weaving at the 40th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C.

March 24, 2006
Park to Premiere Efield Trip
Sitka National Historical Park’s first electronic field (efield) trip, “Timeless Totems: The Carved History of the Alaska Coast”, premieres March 27.

March 06, 2006
Park Seeks VIPs
The park is seeking volunteers to help interpretive staff at the visitor center and Russian Bishop's House.

December 05, 2005
Archaeological Survey Project - Newsletter 2
An update on the archaeological survey project in the park.

August 01, 2005
Archaeological Survey Project - Newsletter 1
An update on the archaeological survey project at the park.

Did You Know?

Map of Alaska and the continental United States

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.