The Alaska Association for Historic Preservation has released its annual list of the ten most endangered historic properties in the state, and included this year are the 4th Avenue Theatre in Anchorage, the Jesse Lee Home in Seward, and the photogenic Eldred Rock Lighthouse near Haines. The Alaska Association for Historic Preservation annually helps several of the properties on the list get started with preservation work and leverage funding from other sources.
The sternwheeler Nenana was selected for inclusion. Patricia De Nardo Schmidt is President of the Friends of the SS Nenana, one of only three steam-powered passenger sternwheelers of any kind left in the U.S., and the only large wooden sternwheeler.
Built in Nenana in 1933 for the Alaska Railroad, for service on the Yukon, Nenana, and Tanana Rivers, the Nenana opened up much of the territory of interior Alaska long before roads could be built. The Nenana carried military cargoes during World War II including lend-lease aircraft on the way to Russia. Retired in 1955, the SS Nenana now resides at Pioneer Park in Fairbanks. It was designated a National Historic Landmark on May 5, 1989.
The most endangered historic properties program started in 1991 and helps get public attention of cultural and architectural properties that are threatened. The complete list for 2019 includes:
• Nenana Sternwheeler, Fairbanks
• Eldred Rock Lighthouse, Haines vicinity
• Coastal Archaeological Sites
• Stevenson Hall (Sheldon Jackson School), Sitka
• Leonhard Seppala House, Nome
• 4th Avenue Theatre, Anchorage
• Government Hill Community Center, Anchorage
• Pioneer School House, Anchorage
• Bristol Bay Sailboats, Naknek, King Salmon, Egegik
• Jesse Lee Home, Seward
To donate or learn more about the Alaska Association for Historic Preservation, contact Amber Sawyer at 907.929.9870 / firstname.lastname@example.org / http://www.aahp-online.net/