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Jackson , Sheldon, School

Sitka, Alaska
County of Sitka.
National Register Number: 72000193
Resource type: District.
Property type: Education - school. The threat level was Watch in
Congressional District: AK-At-Large Certified Local Government: YES

Statement of Significance (as of designation - August 7, 2001):
The Sheldon Jackson School is nationally significant for its important role in the education of Native Alaskans during the first half of the twentieth century and in the transformation of Southeast Native Alaskan cultures during this period. Through education that emphasized English,students were taught to adopt elements of Euro-American culture. Changes in Native Alaskan life were also instigated by the removal of native students from their homes to the school,and by the promotion of skills other than those used in traditional Native occupations. The school also played an important although indirect role,through its students,in the development of Native Alaskan political organization and the pursuit of legal rights for Native Alaskans.

Sheldon Jackson College received a Getty Campus Heritage Grant to develop a preservation plan for the Landmark and to record the buildings on the campusÂ’ historic quadrangle. The preservation plan and the Historic American Building Survey (HABS) drawings are expected to be finalized by the end of the year. The College has received considerable support from Volunteers in Mission and this summer several buildings were painted, trees trimmed and some structural stabilization work carried out. The preservation plan and HABS drawings are the first step to restore and rehabilitate the campusÂ’s buildings, but years of deferred maintenance have taken their toll on several buildings and in particular the Laundry Plant and Tillie Paul Manor. The College needs to find funds to provide the necessary building repairs before the material integrity of the Landmark is seriously impacted.

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