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Totems carved with the history of the Tlingit and Haida people border the rainforest trails in Alaska’s oldest federal park. Established to commemorate the 1804 Battle of Sitka between Tlingit and Russian forces, the site includes a historic battlefield and the Russian Bishop’s House.



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Sitka National Historical Park Celebrates its Centennial!
Learn more about the 2010 Centennial Events.

Tips for Visitors
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• Examine some of the original 100-year-old totem poles in the visitor center.

Watch Native artists and talk to them about their work at the Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center.

Walk the Totem Loop Trail to learn more about the park’s carved history.

Tour the Russian Bishop’s House and experience the legacy of Russian America.

Look for migratory birds at the park’s marine shoreline, spawning salmon in the Indian River, and witness the old-growth and multiple canopy layers of the resident rainforest.

Natural Highlights

The park’s 113 acres sit amongst a coastal temperate rainforest dominated by Sitka spruce and western hemlock. Alongside this old-growth forest lies a rich marine intertidal shoreline where salmon spawn and migratory waterfowl and shorebirds stopover during spring and fall.

Historical Highlight

Alaska Governor John G. Brady asked leaders from several southeast Alaska villages to donate totem poles for public exhibitions outside of Alaska, and eventually for display at the park. More than a dozen Tlingit and Haida poles were placed along the park’s trails in 1906. Many of the poles on display at the park today are replicas of the original totem poles and a few of the original poles can be viewed in the visitor center.

Cultural Highlight
Step back in history to a time when Sitka was the capital of Russian America and the Russian Bishop’s House was the center of the Russian Orthodox Church. Completed in 1842 and used by the church until 1969, the now restored structure is open to the public and offers visitors the chance to see one of the few surviving examples of Russian colonial architecture in North America.

National Park Service Links

General Information
Park Home Page

Contact the Park
Park Map
Park Brochures
Weather in Sitka
Operating Hours and Seasons

Activities
Sitka Outdoor Recreation Guide
Nearby Attractions
Ranger-led Programs
Visit the Russian Bishop's House
Virtual Totem Pole Tour
Teachers: Plan a Field Trip
eField Trip to the Park

History and Culture

Park History
Totem Poles
The Tlingit Indians
The Russians
Online Historical Publications
Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center

Other Resources

Browse Sitka NHP Books and Maps
Alaska Marine Highway Ferry Schedule
NWS Weather Report for Sitka Area

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