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Through the building of the bell tower, the local faithful hope to promote the importance of historic and cultural preservation in a part of rural Alaska in which many visible signs of Russian influence have disappeared.
By dedicating the bell tower to the community’s elders, the parish seeks to honor and thank them.
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Aleut bell ringer at Belkofski’s Holy Resurrection Church, 1938/ Credit: Alaska State Library, Historical Collections, Evelyn Butler and George Dale, Photographs, 1932–1982; George Allan Dale, ASL-P306-0021.
Originally the bells were housed in Holy Resurrection Church in Belkofski, AK — a once-thriving Aleut village with a richly adorned Orthodox church.
Gradually the residents of Belkofski moved to nearby villages which offered them new economic opportunities.