Welcome to the Alaska Historical Society

PCG-Organization-Icon.pngThe 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

150th Anniversary of the Alaska Treaty of Cession Statewide Calendar of Events

Date Posted: September 30, 2016       Categories: News

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 […]

Reminder: May 1 Deadline for Paper Proposals

Date Posted: April 25, 2017       Categories: News

May 1 is the Deadline for Submission of Proposals for Papers, Panels, and Poster Sessions for the Alaska Historical Society Annual Conference, September 27-30, 2017 in Anchorage, Alaska. The conference theme “Exploring the Legacy of the Alaska Purchase” invites reflections on how that moment charted a new destiny for Alaska. In particular the theme opens the door […]

The U.S. Entered the “Great War” 100 Years Ago: Denali and Other National Parks Recognize Connections to World War I

Date Posted: April 24, 2017       Categories: 49 History

By Erik Johnson, Denali National Park Historian   This month marks the 100th anniversary of the United States entering World War I, and National Park Service units throughout the country are observing the occasion by remembering their connections to the Great War. Although it is one of the most remote parks in the country, Denali […]

Why Russia Gave Up Alaska, and How it Affected Native Alaskans

Date Posted: April 5, 2017       Categories: News

Willie Iggiagruk Hensley, Inupiaq scholar and the keynote speaker for the Alaska Historical Society Annual Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska on September 27-30, 2017 has just written an article titled “Why Russia Gave Up Alaska, America’s Gateway to the Arctic.” It originally appeared on the website The Conversation on March 29, 2017 and was re-posted at Smithsonian online. […]

Seward’s Day

Date Posted: March 30, 2017       Categories: 49 History

Today is Seward’s Day! While the official state holiday was observed on Monday, today – March 30 – marks the true anniversary of the United States’ purchase of Alaska from Russia. This year, we celebrate for the 150th time, and kick off a year-long commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Treaty of Cession. Many events […]