Since his canonization in 1970, St. Herman has been remembered for his just treatment of native peoples and his respect of the environment. Explaining how it came to be that this simple Russian Orthodox monk eventually settled in Kodiak, Alaska, this account brings to light many primary sources that illuminate the story of St. Herman and the wider context of the little-known history of Russian colonization in the Pacific Northwest. Providing a considerable amount of new information about his life, this book also reveals his fascinating connection to St. Seraphim of Sarov, the most universally recognized saint of the Russian Orthodox Church today.
Sergei Korsun is the chief specialist in the department of America at the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography in St. Petersburg, Russia. Lydia Black was an American anthropologist and historian. She was a professor at the University of Alaska and an employee of the St. Herman Orthodox Theological Seminary. She was the recipient of the Order of Friendship Medal form the Russian Federation and the author of several books, including The Journals of Iakov Netsvetov: The Yukon Years, 1845-1863, Russians in Alaska, 1732-1867, and Russians in Tlingit America. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, she spent much of her life in Alaska. Daniel Marshall is the rector of the Holy Protection of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in Goshen, Indiana. A Russian-language translator, he is also the author of St. Seraphim's Beatitudes: Blessings for Our Path to Heaven. He lives in Middlebury, Indiana.