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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.

ALASKA HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL AWARDS

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.

Eligibility:
• 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.





Reminder: May 19 Deadline For Travel Awards

Date Posted: May 8, 2017       Categories: News

May 19 is the application deadline for the Alaska Historical Society’s Student and Emerging Professional travel awards.

These awards are for attendance at the annual meeting in Anchorage on 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.

Eligibility:

  • 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 May 19. 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.

 





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 for indigenous perspectives on the meaning of this pivotal event. Please join us as we examine how Alaska’s history unfolded, is unfolding and may yet unfold since that day in 1867 when Czar Alexander II abandoned North America. Presentations on Alaska history topics are welcome.

Our featured speaker will be Professor Willie Hensley, author of Fifty Miles from Tomorrow and an Alaskan who shaped the state we live in today.

PAPER PRESENTATIONS ARE LIMITED TO 20 MINUTES. PRESENTERS MUST BE REGISTERED FOR THE CONFERENCE.

PROPOSALS ARE DUE MAY 1, 2017 AND SHOULD BE SENT TO TIM TROLL, PROGRAM CHAIR, TROLL@GCI.NET.