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Ketchikan Historic Commission

Ketchikan Historic Commission

Duties of the commission include:

  • Review and make recommendations about local projects that might affect properties identified in the local historic preservation plan.
  • Review and develop nominations to the National Register of Historic Places for properties within the city of Ketchikan.
  • Act in an advisory role to the Tongass Historical Society, the Ketchikan museum department, Ketchikan Gateway Borough planning and zoning commission, and the Alaska Historic Sites Advisory Committee on all matters concerning historical districts and historic, prehistoric and archaeological preservation in the city of Ketchikan.
  • Develop a local historic preservation plan to include provision for identification, protection and interpretation of the area’s significant resources. Such plan is to be compatible with the Alaska Historic Preservation Plan, and to produce information compatible with and for the Alaska Heritage Resources Survey.
  • The historic preservation commission shall work toward the continuing education of citizens regarding historic preservation and the committee’s history.
  • The commission shall support the enforcement of the Alaska Historic Preservation Act

Chapter 2.88 of the Ketchikan Municipal Code established the Ketchikan historic commission which shall be composed of 10 members appointed by the mayor with approval of the city council, and shall serve without compensation. 

Vision for preservation in Alaska:

Alaskans respect our collective heritage. We view historic preservation as an essential strategy to promote our communities’ unique identities and as an important component of economic, environmental, and social sustainability. Alaskans are empowered with the knowledge and tools needed to advocate for an inclusive approach to preservation that is appropriately balanced with development. Alaska’s preservation community includes a network of people from diverse cultures, backgrounds and disciplines. We work in partnership to identify, preserve, protect, and interpret the state’s cultural, historic, and archaeological resources ensuring that our heritage is passed on to future generations.

Resources:

Alaska Architectural Style Guide

Alaska State Historic Preservation Office - works with local governments, the public, and educational and not-for-profit organizations to identify, preserve, protect, and interpret the state’s cultural, historic, and archaeological resources ensuring that our heritage is passed on to future generations.

Alaska State Historic Preservation Plan 

Historic Ketchikan - local non-profit organization that promotes economic development through historic preservation and heritage tourism

Commission Members:
Silvia Greuter, community representative
Richard Harney, Ketchikan Gateway Borough Planning Department representative
Deborah Hayden, Historian representative, Historic Ketchikan board member
Alethea Johnson, Vice Chair
Dragon London, Chair
Anita Maxwell, City Council designee, Secretary
John Stewart, community representative
Amanda Welsh, Architect
Vacant, Archaeologist 
Vacant, Tongass Historical Society representative

Commission Minutes: coming soon!