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 […]

2017 Conference Registration

Date Posted: August 15, 2017       Categories: News

Registration is now available for the 2017 Alaska Historical Society/Museums Alaska Annual Conference being held from September 27-30 at the Anchorage Museum in Anchorage, Alaska. Go to the Conference Website to see the latest information about the keynote speakers, the program, the venues, events, accomodations, and to register. Act Now: Early bird registration rates of $225 for AHS […]

2017 Conference Schedule

Date Posted: August 14, 2017       Categories: News

A preliminary Schedule at a Glance is now available for the 2017 Alaska Historical Society and Museums Alaska joint conference to be held from September 27-30, 2017  at the Anchorage Museum in Anchorage, Alaska. Stay tuned for more information about the conference and how to register. Schedule at a Glance – Anchorage Conference 2017 Wednesday, Sept. […]

Alaska Out of the Vault: Examining the Treaty of Cession through Unexpected Objects

Date Posted: July 18, 2017       Categories: 49 History

By Anjuli Grantham A puffin skin parka. An Alutiiq whaling lance. A can of salmon from Klawock. A mountain howitzer and artillery shell. These are not the kind of artifacts that immediately bring to mind the Treaty of Cession, like William Seward’s cape or Emanuel Leutze’s iconic painting, Purchase of Alaska, might, for example. Nonetheless, […]

Alaska Out of the Vault Podcast

Date Posted: July 17, 2017       Categories: News

With a grant from the Alaska Historical Commission, Anjuli Grantham has produced a special podcast called “Alaska Out of the Vault” that examines Alaska in the decades around the Treaty of Cession. It focuses on what was occurring in Alaska–not in Washington, DC–and what themes and transitions were afoot rather than the big, iconic moments that […]