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 […]
Call For Papers Exploring the Legacy of the Alaska Purchase Alaska Historical Society Annual Conference September 27-30, 2017 in Anchorage, Alaska Once Alaska was known to the world as Russian America. All of that ended 150 years ago when William H. Seward and Edward de Stoeckl signed the treaty that ceded those Russian possessions to […]
In 2017, Tundra Vision is once again hosting “Thursday Nights in Mountain View” a participatory history series that takes place on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Mountain View Branch Library in Anchorage, Alaska. The theme of this year’s lectures is Alaska and the Law. Each night features a different speaker, and invites history enthusiasts to muse upon how Alaskans used our commonalities […]
Honoring Our Past, Celebrating Our Present, Igniting Our Future Wasilla Centennial Kick Off Celebration Saturday, January 7, 2017 Menard Center at 1001 S. Clapp Street in Wasilla 11:00 am to 2:00 pm: Family Free Skate 12:00 pm: Centennial Bake Off Competition 7:00 to 10:00 pm: Centennial Ball and City Families Presentation; Music and Food Please join […]
By: Kathi Riemer The shores of Mitkof Island were pretty quiet for millennia. Mitkof Island was a great little spot for summer visitors, people interested in catching life sustaining fish, but the island never caught on as a place to set down roots. In 1898 that changed. Petersburg, Alaska is a small town on the […]