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    Sitka

    National Historical Park Alaska

Ranger-led Programs at Sitka National Historical Park (August 9-15)

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Date: August 7, 2008

Unless otherwise noted, all programs meet at the visitor center and many involve an easy stroll through the forest on park trails. These activities are free to the public. For more information, call (907) 747-0110. Activities planned for August 9-15:

Saturday, August 9
2:00 pm – Battle Walk: Join a ranger for a guided walk to the sites of the Kiks.ádi fort and the Battle of 1804.

Sunday, August 10
2:00 pm – Battle Walk: The sites of the Kiks.ádi fort and the Battle of 1804.

Monday, August 11
Carved History: Join a ranger for a guided walk through the park focusing on the totem poles and Native cultures of Southeast Alaska.

Tuesday, August 12
2:00 pm–Ravens: Join a ranger to see and learn about the park’s ravens – both the big black birds and Raven of Native myth and legend.

Wednesday, August 13
2:00 pm –Carved History: The totem poles and Native cultures of Southeast Alaska.

Thursday, August 14
2:00 pm - Battle Walk: The sites of the Kiks.ádi fort and the Battle of 1804.
7:00 pm -Sitka at War: Join Ranger Jon Fish for a program on the fortification of the Sitka area before and during World War II and the lasting effects of that military buildup on the town and on the park. Program will be held in the visitor center theater.

Friday, August 15
2:00 pm – Join Ranger Anne Lankenau for a program on the plants of the park, and their role in the ecosystem of the forest.

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.