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Sites indicated by a * are particularly recommended
Chronological History of Alaska. FAQALASKA Project. From: Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library for the Alaska State Library.
*An Overivew of the Russian-American Heritage. Copyright: 1997-1999 Congress of Russian-Americans, Inc.
*Meeting of Frontiers. A bilingual, multimedia English-Russian digital library that tells the story of the American exploration and settlement of the West, the parallel exploration and settlement of Siberia and the Russian Far East, and the meeting of the Russian-American frontier in *Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Includes a *Zoomable Map. Also links to other *maps, including rare Alaskan maps from the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. And *photo collection, 1899. Library of Congress.
*History of Unga. Unga the People and the Community An Ethnohistory. Scholarly work by Lydia T. Black, Department of Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 14 May 1993. Includes maps, pictures. See particularly the chapters on the Russian presence: Chapter Four: The Shumagin Island People: The First Encounters, and Chapter Five: The Strangers Come to Stay.
*The Way They Were: Russians vs. Natives, 1740. An article (#791) by Larry Gedney, part of the Alaska Science Forum (November 20, 1986), comments on excerpts from a book by Krasheninnkov (a Russian scientist who participated in Bering's voyagse to Alaska in the early 1700's).
*In the Beginning Was the Word. The Russian Church and Native Alaskan Cultures. History of the Russian presence in Alaska. Sections on "State and Church in Russian America," "Russian Orthodox Church in Alaska," "Russian Orthodox Church and Native Alaskans," "Changing Native Mores,""Shamanism and Christianity," "Native Education," "Preserving Native Languages." Includes links to photographs, manuscripts, etc. (Very informative article.)
*Beads and the Settlement of Alaska. A brief note on early trade with Alaskan natives. All of thebeadsite.com © 1997-2001 Peter Francis, Jr.
*Tyshee's Dacha. A personal account from a Alaskan of native American and Russian descent. (Very informative and moving site.)
Russian Routes: Kamchatka to Kodiak Island. Written by Gwenn A. Miller, Assistant Professor of History at the College of the Holy Cross. (An article in the Common-place Coffeeshop. (Includes a bibliography.)
Russians. The Early History of Alaska. Women in Alaska's History. Includes links to: Catherine II, Natasha Shelikof, Anna Barnof, and Irina Yanovskii. Thinkquest. © Copyright 1997 Elizabeth Beckett and Sarah Teel
*The Russian Colonization of Alaska. See especially the sections on the Russian American Company, including The Russian-American Company..., the gallery of the "Meeting of Frontiers" from the US Library of Congress site.
*Commander Rezanov. A nice site about the life of the son-in-law of Grigorii Shelikov who followed Shelikov as the manager of the Rusian-Amercian Company. Includes sections on the "Commander's epoch," "Commander [biography]," "Castille roses [love story]," "Time and Commander [In memory of N. P. Rezanov]" - with pictures and lots of information. Created by the Krasnoyarsk University Internet Center and the Krasnoyarsk University Scientific Library.
Russian American Company. Flag. Alaska-Russian-American Company Banknotes, Ca. 1816-32. Notes featuring Barnov, Shelikhov, Innokentii, and Rezanov; the RAC site in Sitka; the Signing of the Treaty of Cessation; and an RAC Selskin Drying Station. Also a Short History of the Russian-American Company.
Russian-American Copmpany. A page from Wikipedia.com.
Russian_American Company. A page from the Scientific Library of Irkutsk State University.
Life of St. Innocent/Alaska. Brief introduction to the life of Father John Veniaminov.
Life of St. Herman of Alaska. Brief introduction to the life of Father Herman, one of the original ten missionaries sent to Alaska.
*The Alaska Purchase Treaty. A brief note and copies of the original treaty, along with the cancelled check and receipt. Posted on the U. S. National Archives page.
1867 Alaska Treaty with Russia, March 30, 1867. Posted on a page from East Tennessee State University. Text.
Seward's Folly. From the "Today in History: March 30" from the Library of Congress "American Memory" web page.
Castle Hill, SiVirtual Guide. Virtual Reality Panorama view of Sitka. (Quick-Time plug-in needed.)
Exhibits from the Sitka Historical Society site:
*Castle Hill Archaeological Project. Office of History and Archaeology. Copyright & Copy; 1996, Alaska Department of Natural Resources. *Introduction, *History (7 chapters with an extensive bibliography), *Archaeology at Castle Hill: Window to the Past, and *Photo Index.
National Historical Park: Alaska. A brief description of the oldest federally designated park in Alaska which was created to commemorate the 1804 Battle of Sitka. Includes a link to the "Russian Bishop's House" which has a very brief description of this landmark.
Sitka Alaska, The Natural Place to Visit. Includes a Culture and History page, Walking Map, etc. From the Sitka Convention and Visitors' Bureau.
*Merrill Photographs. 60 b/w photos of an earlier life in Sitka (circa 1919-1922): totems, Native Americans, etc. From Sitka National Historical Park site.
Sitka National Historical Park. National Park Service page.
*Stockade and Chapel at Fort Ross. Vitual Reality Panorama from virtualguidebooks.com.
*Slide Show. Created by Dr. Antoinette Martinez, Professor of Archaeology, CSU Chico.
Bill Lange CHD Photos. A series of pictures of the Cultural Heritage Day at Fort Ross.
Jim Kennedy CHD Photos. Another series of pictures of the Cultural Heritage Day at Fort Ross.
*Historic California Posts: Fort Ross. A page reprinted from Pioneer Forts of the Far West, published in 1967. Good overview history of the fort.
*History of the Russian Settlement at Fort Ross, California. Site is sponsored by SonomaNet of Healdsburg, California.
*The Fort Ross State Historic Park. Official site. The California
State Park Service page. [Click on the link to the new updated web site to get the tool bar which will take you to the following pages:]
Fort Ross: A Piece Out of History. Nice student page with text and drawings from a group of Fourth Graders coached by North Star Academy, Redwood City, CA.
California's Russian Connection - Fort Ross. Basic information on the fort, including a section on Russian-American heritage, and with some nice pictures.
Eklutna, Alaska. Several pictures of the oldest Orthodox church in North America. From P. Gordon.com.
Ninilchik Chamber of Commerce. General information on the town with some pictures.
Seldovia, Alaska. This guide brought to you by The Homer Tribune. A brief mention of the early Russian contacts.
Welcome to Seldovia, Alaska. Some local links to information on and views of Seldovia. [See particularly the Orthodox churches.]
Church at Unalaska. 1899 photo. From the Library of Congress exhibit "Meeting of Frontiers."
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last update: 04/15/06