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Mission Church
Location Main Street, Arctic Village, Alaska
Area less than one acre
Built 1917
Built by Rev. Albert E. Tritt
Architectural style Log & sod construction
NRHP reference No. 77001578
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Added to NRHP April 11, 1977

The Mission Church is a historic Episcopal log church building on the eastern fork of the Chandalar River in Arctic Village, Alaska, inside the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Known also as Old Missionary Church and as Old Log Church, it was built in 1917. It was one of numerous mission churches established in Alaska by the Episcopal Church in the early 20th century.

The building is significant as a mission church and for association with Reverend Albert E. Tritt. A native of Arctic Village, Tritt was converted to Christianity by gospel preaching of Episcopal missionaries at Fort Yukon, about 100 miles (160 km) to the south. He returned with a Takudh-language Bible and sought to bring others into the Episcopal church. He became a deacon of the Episcopal Church in 1925. He helped with the building of a newer church in the village in 1939.

The church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

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