March 25, 2009


Sentinel Island Lighthouse continues to guide mariners along Alaska’s Inside Passage. The light is solar powered and maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. In 1998 the lighthouse was leased to the Gastineau Channel Historical Society to preserve and provide public access. In 2004 the National Park Service selected the Society for transfer of ownership under the National Historic Preservation Act of 2002.

Volunteers have been rehabilitating the buildings and structures that remain at Sentinel Island. Funding has come from Historic Preservation Fund Grants offered by the Alaska Office of History and Archaeology, fund raising activities, and corporate and individual donations. If you would like to contribute or become involved contact the Gastineau Channel Historical Society.

Current Photos by Renee Hughes, Photographer

February 25, 2009


Membership within the Gastineau Channel Historical Society brings an abundance of opportunities. Membership includes a subscription to our newsletter, Gastineau Heritage News, a discount on admissions to GCHS events, invitations to programs and fundraisers, and a 10% discount on all direct retail purchases of GCHS publications. Individual membership is $15, family membership is $20, business $25, a supporting membership $100, and other special contributions to special undertakings, such as funding toward the Sentinel Island Lighthouse, are most welcome. If you would like to join the Gastineau Channel Historical Society please contact the contact the Society at 907-586-5338, glrrgl 'at', or by mail at PO Box 21264, Juneau, AK 99802.


The Gastineau Channel Historical Society promotes the study of the Gastineau Channel area and has produced a number of books on varying subjects. These include History of Mines and Miners (1988), I Remember Treadwell (1992), In the Miners Footsteps (1992), Old Gold (1998), Quilts of Alaska (2000), and Alaska Souvenir Spoons & the Early Curio Trade (2004). These books are available at finer Alaska bookstores, via Taku Graphics by clicking here, or by contacting the Gastineau Channel Historical Society at 907-586-5338 or glrrlg 'at'