Sitka national park visitor center to close for renovations

Posted: Friday, September 01, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The visitor center at the Sitka National Historical Park is closing for the winter for renovations.

According to the National Park Service, the closure takes effect Tuesday and will carry on into next spring.

The visitor center, museum and other aspects of the Sitka park will be upgraded during the renovations, park service officials said.

The 107-acre park, established in 1910, is Alaska's oldest federally designated park. It was created to commemorate the 1804 Battle of Sitka between Tlingit Natives and Russian colonizers.

The park includes the battlefield, a number of Southeast Alaska totem poles and the Russian Bishop's House, one of three surviving examples of Russian colonial architecture in North America.

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