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Northwest Arctic Heritage Center

171 Third Avenue, Kotzebue, Alaska 99752 USA

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“Play ball with Alex”

The National Park Service is constructing a new visitor services/administration building – the Northwest Arctic Heritage Center – in Kotzebue, Alaska. The single-story structure, located on the site formally occupied by NANA Museum of the Arctic, will be 12,350 square feet. Space includes 8,450 sq. ft. for visitor services and 3,900 sq. ft. for NPS operations. When the heritage center is complete, the NPS will be able to offer people of the region and visitors from around the world a high-quality interpretive experience, a variety of educational programs, and personal administrative services. A 90-person multipurpose room will be used for programs ranging from Junior Rangers, to research presentations, to native crafts, to native dancing. NANA Regional Corporation plans to present programs in the center. NANA provides visitors with a range of interpretive experiences that relay the cultural heritage of the region. Urban legend has it that a young lad named Alex died playing basketball here. He went chasing his ball and got trapped by melting snow, which, in turn, drowned him. Some say that if you play basketball, and call out his name, you will hear the sound of a bouncing ball and laughter.

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