ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Association for Historic Preservation (AAHP) has listed the state's Most Endangered Historic Properties for 2008. The list is announced each year and is intended to bring public awareness to Alaska's threatened historic properties. Heightened awareness often leads to increased support for the conservation of endangered historic properties, which are assets important to tourism, economic development, and the cultural heritage of Alaska. This year marks the 20th announcement of AAHP's Most Endangered Historic Properties.
The properties on the 2008 list are: Kake Cannery National Historic Landmark in Kake, Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, State Capitol and Masonic Temple in Juneau, Clover Pass School in Ketchikan, Nike Site Summit in Eagle River, Jesse Lee Home in Seward, Bureau of Indian Affairs School in Unalakleet, Weatherell-Taraski-Rust House in Talkeetna, Government Hill Neighborhood in Anchorage, Flat City Historic District in Flat, 4th Avenue Theatre in Anchorage, and Cape Saint Elias Lighthouse on Kayak Island.
In addition to announcing the state's Most Endangered Historic Properties, the AAHP also presented its Second Annual Historic Preservation Award to De'Lena Johnson, recognizing her renovation of the historic Trading Post/Recreation Center in Palmer, Alaska. The Historic Preservation Award recognizes projects, organizations, agencies, and individuals that contribute to the protection and preservation of our heritage.
For information, call AAHP at 907-929-9870 or e-mail AAHP@alaska.net.