Sheldon Jackson Museum

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104 College Drive , Sitka, AK, USA
Sheldon Jackson Museum - Surprsingly hip architecture for such an old building!
Sheldon Jackson Museum - Totem inside Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka
Sheldon Jackson Museum - Kayak hanging around at the Sheldon Jackson Museum
Sheldon Jackson Museum - Athabascans, who are NOT Eskimos, are actually the largest indigenous group in Alaska.
Sheldon Jackson Museum - Beautifully displayed and described native regalia.
Sheldon Jackson Museum - A varied and astonishing collection...
Sheldon Jackson Museum - Many great 'stories' here!

Sheldon Jackson Museum Sitka Reviews

vances vances
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the Sheldon scene... Jun 24, 2012
How to start this review? The site is an impressive collection of artifacts from the original inhabitants of Alaska, but the founder possesses a dubious past. Sheldon Jackson was a Presbyterian missionary who was somewhat rabid about promulgating his beliefs after Alaska came under the fold of the United States. There can be no argument about Sheldon’s dedication to his faith, though his often heavy-handed efforts to assert his beliefs may have stretched the limits of Christian principles.

That aside, Sheldon established Alaska’s very first institute of higher learning (unsurprisingly named Sheldon Jackson College) in 1878 and erected the territory’s very first museum on that campus in 1887. Featuring his collection from rambling about the northern territory, the namesake museum quickly outgrew its original quarters and resulted in constructing Alaska’s first concrete building in 1897.

The very same building survives to the present and even if you disagree with Sheldon’s principles, it is a wonderful tribute and preservation. As opposed to the usual trampling of native cultures, the Sheldon Jackson Museum captures the essence and beauty of people who learned to adapt and survive in a brutal environment. .The breadth of the collection is astonishing (be sure to open the drawers ringing the interior circle of the museum – though nothing calls your attention to these repositories, they contain a wealth of informative artifacts). There are totems, kayaks and splendid examples of native clothing (incredibly designed to be water resistant and warm), all lending appreciation for the adaptive skills of these people.

Though I’m no fan of Sheldon, I do congratulate him for establishing this wonderful museum which captures the beauty of several remarkable and resilient cultures. Admission is only $5, $4 for senior citizens and no charge for those less than eighteen years of age. For you hardy souls out there, admission falls to $3 in the winter!
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vances says:
I'll make you a deal, Vikram - you go in the winter and I'll reimburse you the $3! :^)

Feb. 29th is when they institute their rate hike, Roger...prices really took a leap last time!!!
Posted on: Aug 07, 2012
Chokk says:
Nice one
Posted on: Aug 06, 2012
X_Drive says:
What might be the price on Feb 29th of Leap year? ;)
Posted on: Aug 06, 2012
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