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    Sitka

    National Historical Park Alaska

Ranger-led Programs at the Park, September 9-16

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Date: September 8, 2009

Sitka National Historical Park has ended its scheduled daytime Ranger-led programs for the season. But please join us for three more evening programs. All evening programs start at 7pm in the visitor center theater and are free and open to the public. For more information, please call 747-0110.

Over the near Horizon: How place names came to Baranov, Kruzov, and Chichagof Islands
Sitka National Historical Park continues its 2009 series of evening programs with a repeat presentation by Park Ranger Dusty Kidd on Wednesday September 9, 2009. This program will explore the original Tlingit names of islands, points, mountains and waterways in the area, and then examine how successive waves of Russian, Spanish, French, English and American explorers added new place names, often over-writing names that came before. The islands are alive with a fascinating collage of place names - with links to shipwrecks, poisonings, Teddy Roosevelt, religious relics and Diana, Princess of Wales.  

Emerging from Symbols: How Pictures become Words
Sitka National Historical Park continues its evening programs with a presentation about the development of written language on Friday, September 11, 2009. The totem poles and Orthodox icons we see in our Park and throughout Sitka are more than works of art; they're a means of communication. These cultural resources demonstrate how artistic portrayals become meaningful characters, and in many cultures evolve into written languages. Both Northwest Coast form-line design and Orthodox Christian iconography resemble linguistic innovations across the globe. In this context, Park Ranger J.R. Gilness will discuss the development of written language as a universal outgrowth of human culture in his presentation,“Emerging from Symbols: How Pictures become Words.” 

Lighthouses in Alaska 
Sitka National Historical Park presents its final evening program of the summer Wednesday, September 16, 2009 with a presentation on Alaskan lighthouses by Park Ranger Tami Weissberg. Local stories of these structures and who has come to care for them will be shared.

Did You Know?

Photograph of a shrew

Some species of shrews, the smallest of all mammals, weigh as little as 5/100 ounce, or half the weight of a penny.