Mission Church (NRIS 77001578)
E fork of Chandalar River,
AK. County/parish: Yukon-Koyukuk.
1 contributing building.
Added to the National Register of Historic Places
April 11, 1977.
Also known as:
- AHRS Site No. ARC-056
- Old Log Church
- Old Missionary Church
- Mission Church (Arctic Village, Alaska)
- The Mission Church is a historic Episcopal log church building on the eastern fork of the Chandalar River in Arctic Village, Alaska, inside the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Known also as Old Missionary Church and as Old Log Church, it was built in 1917. It was one of numerous mission churches established in Alaska by the Episcopal Church in the early 20th century.
The building is significant as a mission church and for association with Reverend Albert E. Tritt. A native of Arctic Village, Tritt was converted to Christianity by gospel preaching of Episcopal missionaries at Fort Yukon, about 100 miles (160 km) to the south. He returned with a Takudh-language Bible and sought to bring others into the Episcopal church. He became a deacon of the Episcopal Church in 1925. He helped with the building of a newer church in the village in 1939.The church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. (read more...)
National Park Service documentation: https://npgallery.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/77001578