On Friday and Saturday, Aug. 28-29, the community is invited to Sitka National Historical Park to celebrate Founder’s Day.
Founder’s Day is the annual celebration of the creation of the National Park Service. This year’s 99th birthday celebration will include children’s games, cake, documentary film screenings, a historic photo exhibit and the chance to name the park’s new bison mascot.
Schedule of Events
- Historic Park Photo Exhibit, All Day, Friday, Aug. 28 — Take a walk through time by viewing seldom-seen photos from the park’s past. These historic park photos document the Sitka National Historical Park’s rich history as a unit of the National Park Service. The photo exhibit will be located inside the Visitor Center.
- America’s Best Idea Documentary, 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28, and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29 — America’s Best Idea is a documentary film by Ken Burns that focuses on the history of the country’s national parks and the people who have advocated for their designation and protection. Join us for Episode 6, which highlights the establishment of Alaska’s national parks.
- Founders Day Family Celebration, 1-2 p.m. Family Games, Saturday, Aug. 29 — Join rangers for fun family games at the park’s Visitor Center. Games include “Pin-the-tail on the sea otter,” Animal Tag, “Raven, Raven, Eagle,” and a treasure hunt.
- Founders Day Family Celebration, 2-3 p.m. Cake, Saturday, Aug. 29 — Cake, photos with the park’s bison mascot, and park mascot naming activity. Join the park’s new bison mascot for some cake to celebrate the National Park Service’s 99th birthday. Have your photo take with the bison and submit names for the naming contest.