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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 apply until September 5.

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. 27, 2017
7:30AM-4:30PM Registration – Museum Atrium
8:30AM-12:00PM Pre-Conference Museums Alaska Workshop – Sink Mounts – Art Lab Pre-Conference Museums Alaska Workshop – Connecting to Your Audiences – Auditorium
1:00PM-4:30PM Pre-Conference Museums Alaska Workshop – Care of Feathers – Art Lab
5:00PM-6:30PM Museums Alaska (MA) Board Meeting – East Conference Room
Alaska Historical Society (AHS) Board Meeting – Reynolds Classroom
7:00PM-9:00PM Opening Reception – Anchorage Museum
Thursday, September 28, 2017
7:00AM-8:00AM Breakfast Roundtables – Jumpstart Your Day or Tourism and Historic Communities- Museum Atrium
7:30AM-5:00PM Registration & Info Desk: Museum Atrium
7:30AM-8:30AM Continental Breakfast – Museum Atrium
8:30AM-10:00AM Welcome &   Museums Alaska Keynote: Prison Sentences: Exploring the Line Between Neutrality and Advocacy at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Sean Kelley – Auditorium
10:00AM-10:30AM Morning “Mug Up” – Atrium
10:30AM-12:00PM Concurrent Sessions
Museums Alaska Alaska Historical Society
Organizational Stability through Community Collaboration – 4th Floor Museum Cleaning Basics – SASC CCR AHS Russian America – Reynolds Classroom AHS Frontier Trailblazers – Auditorium AHS Territorial Days – Art Lab
12:00PM-1:15PM Lunch on your own OR Foraker Lunch Round Table Muse – Atrium
1:30PM-3:00PM Concurrent Sessions
Museums Alaska Alaska Historical Society
Neutrality v Advocacy : Conversations Following the Keynote- 4th Floor Story Time Fun with Museum Explorers – SASC CCR AHS Russian America – Reynolds Classroom AHS Personal Histories – Auditorium AHS Business and Politics – Art Lab
3:00PM-3:30PM Afternoon “Mug Up” – Atrium
3:30PM-5:00PM Concurrent Sessions
Museums Alaska Museums Alaska
Museums Alaska Annual Meeting – Auditorium AHS Russian America / Alaska Purchase – Reynolds Classroom AHS Alaska’s Fisheries – 4th Floor AHS Local Histories – Art Lab
5:00PM-6:00PM Alaska Historical Society and Museums Alaska Joint Board Meeting – Reynolds Classroom
6:00PM-8:00PM Community Reception – Aviation Museum
Friday, September 29, 2017
7:00AM-8:00AM Breakfast Roundtables – Promoting Healthy Work-Life Balance or Present & Future of Local and Regional Archives- Museum Atrium
7:30AM-5:00PM Regis. & Info Desk: Museum Atrium
7:30AM-8:30AM Continental Breakfast – Museum Atrium
8:30AM-10:00AM Welcome & AHS Keynote: Willie Hensley – Auditorium
10:00AM-10:30AM Morning “Mug Up”- Museum Atrium
10:30AM-12:00PM Concurrent Sessions
Museums Alaska Alaska Historical Society
Thinking Inside the Box – Auditorium Engaging Communities: Programs at the Anchorage Museum – 4th Floor AHS Russian America / Alaska Purchase – Reynolds Classroom AHS Facing Controversy – SASC CCR AHS General Session – Art Lab
12:00PM-1:15PM State of the State Lunch – Atrium
1:30PM-3:00PM Concurrent Sessions
Museums Alaska Alaska Historical Society
Conservation on the Move -4th Floor Supporting Museums and Cultural Heritage Through Legislation – Art Lab AHS Alaska Purchase / Alaska Natives – Auditorium AHS Far North Perspectives – Reynolds Classroom AHS Financial Planning For Non-Profits – Reynolds Classroom
3:00PM-3:30PM Afternoon “Mug Up”- Atrium
3:30PM-5:00PM Concurrent Sessions
Museums Alaska Alaska Historical Society
Peace of Mind Through Inventory – Reynolds Classroom Investigating Innovative Inquiry: Topics in Museum Education – 4th Floor Alaska Historical Society Annual Meeting – Auditorium
5:30 PM Silent Auction Ends
6:00PM-9:00PM Awards Banquet: Alaska Native Heritage Center
Saturday, September 30, 2017
7:00AM-8:00AM Breakfast Roundtables – Advocate for Your Museum – Museum Atrium
8:00AM-9:00AM Continental Breakfast – Museum Atrium
8:00AM-1:00PM Regis. & Info Desk: Atrium
8:00AM-9:00AM Museums Alaska Board Meeting – Reynolds Classroom
Alaska Historical Society Board Meeting – ECR
9:30-11:00 Concurrent Sessions
Museums Alaska Alaska Historical Society
Facilitating Community Dialogue on Challenging Topics – 4th Floor Community Collaboration in Exhibits – Reynolds Classroom AHS Russian American Expeditions of Dr. Mikhail Malakhov – Auditorium AHS
11:00-11:45 Museum Q&A – 4th Floor
12:00-12:30PM Closing Comments – Auditorium
1:00PM-6:00PM Post-Conference Tours

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 tend to receive the most attention.

Unangan puffin skin parka, circa 1880s. Photo courtesy of Alaska State Museum.

Anjuli selected objects to communicate stories that relate truths about Alaska in the 1800s, and conducted interviews with anthropologists, historians, museum curators, and Alaska Native people to help provide broader context. Four episodes cover how Alaska Natives were impacted by the Russian-American Company, how the transition to American military rule played out on the ground, and how American businesses and capitalism transformed lives and cultures.

You can listen to the podcast at www.anjuligrantham.com/alaskaoutofthevault, or find “Alaska Out of the Vault” wherever you listen to podcasts.

For more information, contact Anjuli Grantham at www.anjuligrantham.com.

Soliciting Award Nominations

Date Posted: June 7, 2017       Categories: News

The Alaska Historical Society is soliciting nominations for its 2017 Awards given annually at our conference. This year’s conference is September 27-30, 2017 in Anchorage. The available awards are listed below. See the Alaska Historical Society Awards page for lists of previous winners.

Nomination deadline is August 15, 2017.

Please send nominations to Michael Hawfield, Awards Committee Chair, mchawfield@alaska.edu.


The Evangeline Atwood Award is given to an individual for significant long-term contributions to Alaska state or local history. The award is named for one of the founders of the Alaska Historical Society who wrote, supported, and advocated for Alaska history from the 1940s into the 1990s.

The Elva R. Scott Local Historical Society Award recognizes a community historical society or museum for its newsletter, a publication, programs, or other significant recent accomplishment. Elva Scott was a founder of Homer’s Pratt Museum and for over 20 years the tireless, creative and talented editor of the Eagle Historical Society newsletter.

The Jim Ducker Historian of the Year Award is given to an Alaska resident for publication of notable new material about Alaska history this past year.

The Barbara Sweetland Smith Pathfinder Award recognizes contributions to the discovery and description of resources relating to Alaska history.

The Esther Billman Certificate of Excellence recognizes a state or local society, museum, government agency, or an organization that has completed a project contributing to the preservation and understanding of Alaska history during the past year. Esther Billman’s efforts to preserve Alaska history and develop the Sheldon Jackson Museum are commemorated by the award now given in her name.

Contributions to Alaska History Award recognizes an individual or individuals who have made singular and significant recent contributions to Alaska history.

New Deadline for Travel Scholarships – June 20, 2017

Date Posted: May 25, 2017       Categories: News

Student and Emerging Professional Awards
2017 Annual Meeting
Anchorage, September 27 – 30, 2017

The Alaska Historical Society offers two travel awards for its annual meeting in Anchorage, September 27 – 30, 2017. One award will be presented to a post-secondary student who is researching some aspect of Alaska history, and another to an emerging professional in the field. Awards consists of reimbursement for documented travel expenses up to $750 plus a conference registration package.

• An applicant must be a member of the Alaska Historical Society at the time of applying.
• Student applicants must be graduate students or upper-division undergraduates in fall 2017 with a course of study related to Alaska history.
• Emerging professional applicants must be employed in Alaska historical or cultural work and have been so employed for less than five years.
• Applicants are required to attend the meeting in its entirety and make a presentation at the meeting (proposals send to Program Committee, PO Box 100299, Anchorage, AK 99510).
• Information about the meeting and the call for papers are at http://www.alaskahistoricalsociety.org/

Application process: Each applicant must submit 1) letter with a statement of eligibility and an explanation of how attending the meeting will enhance academic or professional development, 2) title and abstract of proposed presentation, and 3) CV or résumé. Applications will be judged on the applicant’s achievement in Alaska history relative to current status and the likely benefit of the meeting for the applicant.

The application deadline is June 20. Electronic submission is preferred. Applications should be submitted electronically to Professor Michael Hawfield, AHS Awards Committee at: mchawfield@alaska.edu , or via regular mail to: AHS Awards, PO Box 100299, Anchorage, AK 99510.