What We Do

Contact the Alaska Region Cultural Resources team for information on protecting and preserving your historic and cultural resources.

Archeology
Archeologists on our team encourage public interest and stewardship in the history of our state. We help landowners, researchers, students, Alaska Native organizations and tribes, professional societies, and parks. We can assist in conducting site surveys and assessments, creating educational materials, searching for preservation resources, and put you in touch with other cultural resource professionals that work in Alaska. If your community needs assistance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, our archeologists are here to serve. If you're a professional researcher with questions about doing research in parks and ARPA permitting, we can point you in the right direction.
Cultural Anthropology
Our cultural anthropologists work closely with park staff, Alaskan communities, students and professional researchers to document and record cultural knowledge for current and future generations. Work may include conducting oral histories, documenting subsistence traditions and practices, recording traditional place names and more. It's important to our team that local communities and groups associated with our national park lands have a voice in sharing personal and meaningful stories that illustrate the richness and diversity of these special places.
Cultural Landscapes
Alaskan's multi-generational ties to the land show cultural continuity, resilience, and power of place. We're dedicated to documenting and preserving the natural and cultural resources that make up cultural landscapes in your national parks. Explore your cultural landscapes in Alaska.
Historic Architecture
Our architects work with historic structures all over the state of Alaska. We assist with preservation planning, condition assessments, treatment recommendations, grant applications, and architectural and engineering drawings and specifications. The team partners with parks, historic preservationists, community history groups, property owners, and other professional architects. Building documentation through HABS, HAER, or HALS provides a permanent record of your historic structure. The archives are available to researchers through the Library of Congress. Contact us to find out if your historic community center, church, library, home, schoolhouse, industrial feature, or other structures qualify for assistance.
History
Our team tells the stories of Alaska's history. We work with community groups, researchers, educators, park staff, and professional organizations. We can help with written, photographic, and technical documentation, as well as oral histories. We also sponsor and participate in local and national events like the Alaska Historical Society and the National History Day contest.
Museum Collections
The Alaska Region Curatorial Center (ARCC) is the main repository for the NPS in Alaska and is located at our Anchorage office. If you're a researcher, teacher, or just have a general interest in our collections, Contact Us to take a tour. This state of the art storage facility houses 2.5 million archival records, natural history specimens, and cultural objects from parklands across the state. Our curation staff carefully maintains fossils, plant and animal specimens, archaeological artifacts, video, film audio recordings, and photographic prints. The staff works in a secure, climate and temperature controlled lab space.
National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks
We support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archaeological resources. If you know of a property that's important to the history of your community, we can provide guidance on nomination for the National Register of Historic Places and help qualified property owners apply for preservation benefits and incentives. There are 344 National Register places and 49 National Historic Landmarks in Alaska. These special places tell powerful stories of conflict, achievement, and cultural lineage over the past 14,000 years.

Last updated: May 9, 2016