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Church of the Holy Ascension

Unalaska Island, Alaska
County of Aleutian Islands.
National Register Number: 70000112
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Religious facility. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: AK-At-Large Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: Active Church.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - April 15, 1970):
Completed in 1826, this structure was built by the Russian American Fur Company under the terms of its second charter, which required it to support Russian Orthodox missionaries and establish schools in Russian America. The site is associated with Father Veniaminov, who had the church built and established a Russian school which operated from 1825 until the early 1960s. Father Veniaminov also translated the Aleut language to Church Slavonic and recorded Aleut customs and material culture, in addition to providing health services to the Aleuts.

There are no threats to the NHL.

The building has been rehabilitated within the past decade.

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