Senior Voice Staff 

Annual meeting focuses on historic preservation in Alaska


November 1, 2020

(c) 2020  Grant Crosby

Perched precariously close to a cliff, the Ascension of Our Lord Chapel Russian Orthodox Church at Karluk was selected this year's number one endangered property by the Alaska Association for Historic Preservation.

The Alaska Association for Historic Preservation (AAHP) will hold their annual membership meeting virtually via Zoom on November 5 at 6 p.m. to celebrate the announcements of the Historic Preservation Award Recipients and the Ten Most Endangered Historic Properties Grant recipients.

The meeting is open to members, prospective members and the general public. Due to the nature of the meeting being held via Zoom, an RSVP is required so that those attending can be sent the login information and program for the event.

Two of the Most Endangered Historic Properties will be awarded a grant in the amount of $2,500 to be matched by each organization to help save the properties.

The Ascension of Our Lord Chapel Russian Orthodox Church at Karluk was listed as the number one endangered historic property by AAHP for 2020. With the help of AAHP, ROSSIA (Russian Orthodox Sacred Sites in Alaska) has been working with a group of professionals to help raise over $400K to move the church away from the cliff.

Two short films will be screened, including a documentary by Tom Pillifant depicting the importance of preserving the Ascension of Our Lord Chapel in Karluk and a documentary preview by Adam Christiansen exploring the thrill of sharing a piece of largely unknown state history.

The program for the evening will be presented by Monty Rogers, Archaeologist and Sam Combs, AIA.

For more information, contact Trish Neal, AAHP President, at 907-929-9870 or via email at


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