The Hames Center gained a new life and energy when the Alaska Arts Southeast accepted ownership of the Sheldon Jackson Campus.
Hames originally opened in 1987 as part of Sheldon Jackson College. Following the school closure, the city of Sitka took over management of the fitness Center, but was forced to shut down its operation at the end of 2010.
Alaska Arts Southeast and group of dedicated Sitkans launched a revitalization project and started the volunteer-run model of operation that is in place today. The Center runs on volunteer work. It currently serves more than 500 members in the community. Furthering the educational goals of the campus, the Hames Center offers a wide range classes and workshops in dance, weight training, spinning, and health safety.