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

2015 Call For Papers

Date Posted: January 27, 2015       Categories: News

Call for Papers Alaska Historical Society’s Annual Conference September 30-October 3, 2015 in Cordova, Alaska Trade Routes and Crossroads in the North Pacific Located at the center of the Gulf of Alaska, Cordova and its surroundings have been a destination for travelers over thousands of years.  The Copper River delta is the homeland of the […]

STARR in the wake of DORA: Mail Ships of the Aleutians

Date Posted: March 2, 2015       Categories: 49 History

by J. Pennelope Goforth   Back in the day, in Alaska anyway, mail ships had personalities that summoned devoted fans who enthusiastically met each arrival at the dock. The mail boat brought not only first and second class mail, but current newspapers, fresh foodstuffs, cargo and most importantly, people. Teachers, doctors, priests, and loved ones […]

2015 Student and Emerging Professional Awards

Date Posted: February 25, 2015       Categories: News

Student and Emerging Professional Awards 2015 Annual Meeting Cordova, September 30 – October 3, 2015 The Alaska Historical Society offers two travel awards for its annual meeting in Cordova on September 30 – October 3, 2015. One award will be presented to a post-secondary student who is researching some aspect of Alaska history, the other […]

Historian Pat Roppel to be Sorely Missed

Date Posted: February 17, 2015       Categories: Alaska's Historic Canneries

We lost a friend, a mentor, and a trailblazer of a historian at the beginning of January when Pat Roppel died. No one has done more to document the history of canneries in Alaska than Pat. From her seminal work, Salmon from Kodiak to her weekly columns that tracked the trajectory of canneries, salteries, and […]

Wide Open on Top: Alaska and the Cold War

Date Posted: February 9, 2015       Categories: 49 History

By John Haile Cloe   Shortly after the end of World War II, James Pitt wrote an unpublished book, “Wide Open on Top,” warning of Soviet bomber attacks over the Polar Region and the vulnerability of Alaska to air attacks.   At the time, America had developed the nuclear bomb and the means to deliver […]