Each one fits in the palm of his hand, carefully carved from a basswood block. Even at that rate, it's going to take him awhile to construct the room-sized model of the city as it was 160 years ago for the National Park Service.
In 1994 the structure was scheduled for demolition. It was saved by the Sheldon Jackson Historic Site Preservation Society, a Sitka-based nonprofit group that has worked for the past four years to preserve and renovate the building.
Sheldon Jackson College's Allen Auditorium has gone from the dump heap to the White House.
Tiny treasure: A model made by Sitkan Bill Kleinert was displayed at the White House on Christmas.
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