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Knik Lecture Series: Exploring the Pacific World

Date Posted: September 7, 2017       Categories: News

Announcing the 2017/2018 Knik Lecture Series: Exploring the Pacific World

Where: Chugiak High School Auditorium

When:  September 21, October 12, February 8, April 12

Time: 6pm to 9pm

From the Pleistocene Ice Ages to a ‘hundred language’ city, Alaska has served as an ecological, strategic, and cultural crossroads that continues to connect the continental United States to the broader Pacific World.  Please consider joining us at Chugiak High School for four events this academic year, as we will explore Alaska’s Pacific story, and how Alaskans made history via land, sea and air.

The Knik Lecture Series connects our local story to global events through forums of dialogues, which we call “participatory history.” This series will take a closer look at the deep history of the communities along the Knik Arm while providing students an opportunity to engage in civic education. The Kink Lecture Series is a collaboration between University of Alaska Anchorage UAA Chugiak-Eagle River Campus, Anchorage School District (ASD), and Tundra Vision.

From Wilderness Frontier to Wartime Front: Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Alaska at War

In two events this fall, the Knik Lecture Fall Series will present fresh interpretations and perspectives on WWII, in order to better remember, understand and honor those who sacrificed so much 75 years ago today.

Perspectives of War, Thursday September 21

Public Reception, 6pm

Author Book Signing and Sale, sponsored by UAA Bookstore (Auditorium Lobby)

Showing of John Huston’s Report from the Aleutians, 1943 (Auditorium)

Featured Program, 7pm:

Welcoming Address: Ron Crawford, University of Alaska Anchorage, Chugiak Eagle River Campus

Moderator: Janet Clemens, National Park Service Historian

Attu and Kiska: Occupation from the Japanese Perspective, Paul Dunscomb, Professor of History, University of Alaska Anchorage

Crossroads of the Air World: WWII and the Transformation of Anchorage, Stephen Haycox, Distinguished Emeritus Professor of History, University of Alaska Anchorage

Attu Villagers’ Experience as Prisoners in Japan in WWII, Rachel Mason, National Park Service Cultural Anthropologist

Routes to War, Victory, and Freedom, Thursday October 12 (Eagle River High School)

Public Reception, 6pm

Author Book Signing and Sale, sponsored by UAA Bookstore (Auditorium Lobby)

Showing Untold Stories, War Stories, Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center (Auditorium)

Featured Program, 7pm:

Welcoming Address: Ron Crawford, University of Alaska Anchorage, Chugiak Eagle River Campus

Moderator: David Ramseur, ISER Visiting Scholar and author of Melting the Ice Curtain: The Extraordinary Story of Citizen Diplomacy on the Russia-Alaska Frontier

Uncovering the Lost Story of the Alcan Highway, Katherine Ringsmuth, Adjunct Professor of History, University of Alaska Anchorage

Code Name ALSIB: The Story of Lend Lease and the Alaska-Siberia Air Route, Craig Lang, Director of the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation

The Cold War in Cook Inlet, Ivan Hodes, Deputy Director, Friends of Nike Site Summit

Spring Series

The Knik Lecture Series will continue to explore the Pacific World through the theme, Stories from the Sea.  Be sure to join us as we explore Alaska’s relationship to the Pacific waterscape, from ancient star navigators to cannery workers.  Stay tuned for event details.


For more information, please contact Katie Ringsmuth at 830-2251, or visit the Tundra Vision facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/TundraVision/





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 members apply until September 5. 

A full conference registration includes the evening events (Wed. and Thurs. receptions and Fri. banquet), Fri. lunch, continental breakfasts, and coffee breaks. 





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
TBD
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.

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.