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    Sitka

    National Historical Park Alaska

Park Sponsors Photo Contest

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Date: August 1, 2011

Sitka National Historical Park, (August 1, 2011) -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. As Park Biologist Craig Smith explains, Indian River is the heart of Sitka National Historical Park. The annual pulse of salmon in the river draws people and wildlife to the area, as it has for generations. Historical events happened where the people were. Without the Indian River, important things wouldn't have happened here, and ultimately Sitka National Historical Park wouldn't be here either.”

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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.