Welcome to the Alaska Historical Society
The Alaska Historical Society (AHS) is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to the promotion of Alaska history by the exchange of ideas and information, the preservation and interpretation of resources, and the education of Alaskans about their heritage. Governed by a 15-member board, the Society provides a forum and a vehicle to achieve these goals. AHS is a membership organization with 430+ members. If you would like to join us, visit our membership page.
Recent Blog Entries
The 150th anniversary of the Alaska Treaty of Cession is 2017. On March 30, 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward and Russian Envoy Edouard de Stoeckl signed the treaty in Washington, D.C. Less than seven months later, on October 18, the ceremonial transfer took place at Sitka and the U.S. replaced the Russian […]
By: Susan Morgan We were never supposed to live in Ouzinkie. That revelation from my mom blew my mind. We had never been one of those families that had meetings to discuss things, but I always assumed at least my mom knew what was happening. As it turns out, not so much. I’d wondered why […]
By: Katie Ringsmuth, PhD One of the most important 20th century industries on the West Coast was the canning of Pacific salmon. In its heyday the industry caught and canned enough salmon to feed four pounds of salmon a year to every man woman and child in America. Lined up end to end, these one […]
Anchorage historian John Haile Cloe’s latest book, “Mission to the Kurils” has just been released (Todd Communications, $40). The book is the first history written of the United States’ battle where American bombers spent two yeas after the Battle of Attu raiding Japanese strongholds in the chain of Kuril Islands. It remains largely unstudied and unrecognized, even by World War II […]
Alaskans are invited to contribute a brief essay (150 words or less) to “150 Reasons We Love Alaska,” a publication to be distributed in early 2017 during Alaska’s sesquicentennial year. Alaska Dispatch News in Anchorage will publish and distribute a booklet that will include all the contributions. Each contribution may be edited and then published with the […]