WRANGELL ST ELIAS SUBSISTENCE RESOURCE COMMISSION TO MEET IN CHISTOCHINA
The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Subsistence Resource Commission will meet at the Chistochina Community Hall on Tuesday, October 29, and Wednesday, October 30, to consider a range of issues related to subsistence hunting and fishing in the park. More »
WRANGELL-ST. ELIAS TO CLOSE HEADQUARTER’S VISITOR CENTER FOR THE WINTER
Copper Center, AK – The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Visitor Center in Copper Center will be closed for the winter beginning November 1. More »
History & Culture
The Cultural Resources program at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve documents people in the park now and in the past, and helps preserve places with special history.
What are cultural resources?
Although Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is remote and sparsely populated, people have lived here for thousands of years. Cultural resource professionals help share the stories of people who called the Wrangell Mountains home, then and now.
In Alaska, as in the rest of the United States, the National Park Service recognizes and manages five basic types of cultural resources:
Why save the physical legacy of the past?
Why should we preserve the physical remains of the past; is it not sufficient to capture the stories in books? The remnants of our nation's cultural legacy give us an irreplaceable tangible link to our past, which a book or an article can replace. These authentic places and objects are material touchstones to a past that we experience for ourselves. They serve as material anchors to our past and reference points to our future. We can see them, touch them, connect with them in such a way that we can know the past actually happened. Each generation can learn from the ruins, the buildings, and the objects of the past. Each is the landmarks that link us over time and space and give meaning and orientation to our lives.
Save Alaska's Past...
Learn more about Archeology at Wrangell-St. Elias.
Learn more about research & monitoring in the park.
Did You Know?
The Alaska Pipeline, built during the 1970’s, stretches 802 miles from the oilfields of Prudhoe Bay to the tanker loading facility at Valdez.