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Municipal flags in Sitka Borough:
The seal of the City and Borough of Sitka can be found on the page of the Web Site listing the various departmental Web pages. It is in the standard circular format and consists of a blue and white line drawing of a landscape with a flag
flying in the left foreground and the words 'City and Borough of Sitka' at the top of the circle. The design of the flag is too indistinct for me to determine whether it is an Imperial Russian or an American flag, but it obviously represents Sitka's status as the original capital of Russian America and the first seat of the U.S. administration. I do not believe that Alaska was organized as a Territory immediately upon its purchase from Russia in 1867, but I do not know how it was governed and administered until then.
Source: www.cityofsitka.com and http://www.sitka.net/livewebcam.shtml
Ron Lahav, 28 March 2004
Apparently the Franklin Mint created a series of medallions called 'Great Historic Sites of America' between 1970-72. They included Sitka in this series because of the transfer ceremony that took place here when the United States took over possession of Alaska from Russia in 1867. The ceremony took place on Castle Hill, which is a place of significance in the Tlingit, Russian, and American eras in Sitka. The medallion included the words 'American Flag Raising Site.'
The City and Borough of Sitka were unified on 12-2-1971. The assembly at that time chose the artwork from the medallion as the artwork for the City of Sitka letterhead. However the words on the bottom were changed to 'December 2, 1971,' the date of unification. The first city assembly adopted the city seal at their first assembly meeting, 8 December 1971. There is some question, however, as to whether or not the Franklin Mint artwork may have been slightly altered. One of the assembly members at that time vividly remembers looking at the draft artwork and questioning why there was no cannon in the porthole of the 'castle' wall. He and the then city administrator asked the city clerk to add a cannon to the artwork. There is in fact a cannon in the city seal, but whether or not it was included in the Franklin Mint original artwork I cannot say.
Joanna Perensovich, Kettleson Library, Sitka, 3 April 2004
The flag of the City and Borough of Sitka, Alaska, is white with borough seal in full color on it. "The seal depicts our former Russian history. The view is from "Castle Hill" the cannon is to protect the citizens."
Information thanks to Colleen Ingman, Municipal Clerk
Official website: www.cityofsitka.com
Valentin Poposki, 1 December 2011