Sitka National Historical Park to host public meetings about the installation of new wayside exhibits

NewSNHPWaysideSignsThe Sitka National Historical Park will host the first of two open houses this month on Saturday, Nov. 16 to debut the Revised Wayside Exhibit Plan. The meeting will take place from 3-5 p.m. at the park’s Visitor Center.

Starting at 3 p.m., copies of the plan and life-sized examples will be available for review. At 4 p.m., a short presentation will debut all 17 of the waysides and provide an opportunity for community discussion. The meeting is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

The wayside planning effort, which began in January of 2011, is nearing its conclusion. The exhibit plan reflects public feedback that was received over the course of the past two years. The newly revised plan contains current text that could be considered final, but many graphics are still low resolution or positioned as placeholders until final artwork or photography is received.  Following these public meetings, the wayside exhibits will be fabricated this winter and installed during the summer of 2014.

There are many options for submitting feedback:

  1. Drop in during the open house/public review session from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16.
  2. Review the document online at:  http://www.waysideexhibits.com/HFC/SITK/SITK-18WE-DP.zip  Send written comments to the Chief of Interpretation, Becky Latanich, either by email (becky_latanich@nps.gov) or by regular mail: Sitka National Historical Park, 103 Monastery St., Sitka, AK 99835.
  3. Call the Chief of Interpretation at 907-747-0132
  4. Stop by the park’s Visitor Center and review a hardcopy of the plan. The Visitor Center is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Comments will be accepted through Friday, Nov. 29.

For more information, please contact Becky Latanich at 907-747-0132 or becky_latanich@nps.gov.

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more about the Sitka National Historical Park at http://www.nps.gov/sitk or visit the park’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/#!/SitkaNationalHistoricalPark.

• Sitka National Historical Park draft wayside exhibit plan (large PDF file, 24.5 MB)

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