History walk on Oct. 15 honors 50th anniversary of National Historic Preservation Act

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poster-whitmore-open-houseHelp celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act by taking part in an informal self-guided history walk around Sitka on Saturday, Oct. 15. Participants will receive a special commemorative lapel pin honoring the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Meet from 1-4 p.m. on Oct. 15 at Whitmore Hall on the Sheldon Jackson Campus (it’s the newly renovated building to the right of Allen Hall as you look at the campus from Lincoln Street) to get a copy of a map showing all of the National Historic Landmarks in Sitka, along with several other historic properties. By the way, did you know Sitka has as many National Historic Landmarks in town as there are in the entire state of Nevada (eight of Alaska’s 49 National Historic Landmarks are in Sitka)?

There also will be an open house and reception from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 15 at Whitmore Hall with coffee and cookies, information about the preservation work, and historic photos, blueprints, and possibly artifacts.

poster-james-talkIn addition, from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Del Shirley Room (upstairs in Allen Hall), James Poulson will give a presentation on “World of Magic and Miracles – the Architecture of Ludlow and Peabody.” Ludlow and Peabody was the nationally prominent firm that designed the Sheldon Jackson School campus in 1911. Learn about these men and their circle, and how these unusual buildings were once on the cutting edge of American arts and culture.

For more information about these events, go to the Historic Preservation Sitka website at https://historicpreservationsitka.wordpress.com/.

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