Alaska 150th Commemorative Exhibit

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Alaska's 150th commemorative anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Cession.

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Alaska Day Events at Sitka National Historical Park

Commemorate the transfer of Alaska with Sitka National Historical Park! All events are free and open to the public.

Sunday, October 15th
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Family Friendly Activities at the Russian Bishop's House
Join us for a family-friendly program at the Russian Bishop's House that will include hands-on exploration. Activities will give opportunities to learn about school life and tea making in Russian America. Participants will also be able to make a small Alaska State flag to take home.

Monday, October 16th
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: Russian-American History Downtown Walking Tour (I)
Join a ranger for a walk to historic sites of Sitka that are associated with the Russian colonization in the area and learn about their significance to the people and places of Russian America. This free, hour-long program will begin at the top of Castle Hill and conclude at the Russian Bishop's House. A ranger will be at the base of the steps of Castle HIll to direct people to the top.

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Russian Bishop's House Open House
Learn about the Russian history of Alaska and the United States by exploring the first floor museum, watching the award-winning film Russian Bishop's House: An Icon Reborn, and viewing rooms in the restored residence of the bishop on the second floor.

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Russian-American History Downtown Walking Tour (II)
Meet at the Russian Bishop's House at 2:00 p.m. and join a ranger for a walk through downtown Sitka to explore the rich Russian-American history of this region. This free, hour-long program will conclude at Castle Hill.

Wednesday, October 18th
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Russian Bishop's House Open House
Learn about the Russian history of Alaska and the United States by exploring the first floor museum, watching the award-winning film Russian Bishop's House: An Icon Reborn, and interact with park rangers to share your views on Russian American history in Alaska.

Saturday, October 21st
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Russian Bishop's House Open House
Learn about the Russian history of Alaska and the United States by exploring the first floor museum, watching the award-winning film Russian Bishop's House: An Icon Reborn, and viewing rooms in the restored residence of the bishop on the second floor.

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Russian-American History Downtown Walking Tour
Meet at the Russian Bishop's House at 2:00 p.m. and join a ranger for a walk through downtown Sitka to explore the rich Russian-American history of this region. This free, hour-long program will conclude at Castle Hill.
 

Sesquicentennial Art Exhibition, Voices of Change, at Sitka National Historical Park


The art exhibition titled “Voices of Change: Perspectives on the Transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States” will open for public display on Wednesday March 29th at the park Visitor Center.

“Voices of Change” is jointly curated by Sitka National Historical Park and the University of Alaska Museum of the North. The pieces in the exhibit are the result of an open call for artists to express their feelings, thoughts, and responses to the Alaska Purchase, or “Treaty of Cession,” and the subsequent 150 years of American governance as it has impacted Alaska Native peoples. The Treaty of Cession explicitly excluded Alaska Natives from the rights and freedoms offered to white inhabitants of the same land under the new government. The perspectives offered through the artwork convey a sense of the broad effects this exclusion had on Alaska Natives.

Eight renowned artists, from diverse backgrounds, responded with provocative and original artworks. A variety of media including painting, sculpture, beadwork, and digital art are represented in this exhibit.

The public will have the opportunity to view the artwork and meet four of the artists at the opening reception. Remarks will be made by park Superintendent David Elkowitz, and the four artists will be available to talk about their work and the ideas that inspired them. Light refreshments will be provided courtesy of the Friends of Sitka National Historical Park. Those interested in attending can drop in anytime during the two-hour event. The exhibit will remain on display through November 2017. For more information about this exhibition, please contact Angie Richman at 907-747-0132 or Kelsey Lutz at 907-747-0141.

Explore the Voices of Change exhibit webpage.

Last updated: October 11, 2017

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