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2018 Student and Emerging Professional Awards

Date Posted: February 19, 2018       Categories: News

The Alaska Historical Society offers two scholarship awards for travel to its annual meeting and conference, this year in Nome, September 12 – 15, 2018. One award is for a post-secondary student who is researching some aspect of Alaska history, and the other for an emerging professional in the field. Awards consist of reimbursement for documented travel expenses up to $1000 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 a graduate student or upper-division undergraduate in fall 2018 with a course of study related to Alaska history.
  • Emerging professional applicants must be engaged 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 (presentation title and abstract should be sent to Program Committee at: members@alaskahistoricalsociety.org).
  • 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 18. 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.

Spring 2018 Knik Lecture Series

Date Posted: January 15, 2018       Categories: News

Mark your calendars!
The Knik Lecture Series is back for Spring 2018.

Our first event takes place on Thursday February 1 at Chugiak High School at 6pm.  Please Note ALASKA STUDIES TEACHERS WHO ATTEND BOTH EVENTS WILL RECEIVE PROFESSION DEVELOPMENT CREDIT.  Both events are free and family friendly.  

Here’s what’s on the Feb 1 line up:

6pm:  Public Engagement Session, Pacific Pathfinders

Come chat with MacArthur Genius Award recipient, Dr. Sven Haakanson, enjoy an array of refreshments prepared and presented by Michele Millar, and watch the film, The Navigators: Pathfinders of the Pacific, which looks at how the ancient Polynesians settled the vast Pacific Ocean.  

7pm: Featured Presentation, Retracing Kayak Sea Routes From 1871

Evening schedule opens with a lively performance by the student-led Polynesian dance group Pacific Bloom.  Then, journey along with Sven Haakanson as he retraces the sea routes of the French explorer Alphonse Pinart and the four Unangan men assisting his travels from Unalaska to Kodiak Island in 1871.

Pacific Bloom is a dance group partnering with Mo’a Tosi AK Pride program. Its mission is to provide a positive environment for youth, to empower them through dance and history, and unite the Anchorage community one person at a time.
Sven Haakanson is a modern-day Pacific pathfinder and major force behind the revitalization of indigenous culture in Alaska and beyond. He is the former Executive Director of the Alutiiq Museum and received the MacArthur Genius Award in 2007. Currently, Sven is the Curator for North American Anthropology at the Burke Museum and Associate Professor at the University of Washington.  
The Knik Lecture Series is a collaboration between University of Alaska Anchorage, the Anchorage School District and Tundra Vision: Public History Consultants. Our aim is to bring Knik Arm communities together through history.
For program details, please contact Dr. Katie Ringsmuth at 830-2251, or visit Tundra Vision on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TundraVision/


Educational Travel Opportunity

Date Posted: October 20, 2017       Categories: News

UAF’s Summer Sessions announces a wonderful upcoming educational travel program in Washington DC right at the height of cherry blossom time.  Not only will folks get guided tours of the museums and the national archives, they also will be there for opening night of Snow Child at Arena Stage. This program is offered through UAF Summer Sessions who has been doing educational travel programs for the past twelve years. All of their programs are geared for professionals and retired professionals with the capacity to walk up to three miles a day.

All the participants have to pay for is transportation to DC, liquor, laundry, and any souvenirs. All meals, rooms, entrance fees, tours, theater tickets, transportation in DC and even tipping is included.

Washington, DC – Museums, Cherry Blossoms, and More

April 11-18, 2018

Spend a week in Washington DC visiting museums at the height of Cherry Blossom time. Guided visits include the National Archives, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Smithsonian, and the Newseum. Watch the Cherry Blossom Parade, cruise down the Potomac to Mt. Vernon, see the city on a hop on-hop off bus, and attend the opening night of Snow Child at Arena Stage. All of this and more are part of this program. Participants will be staying at Catholic University, which has a metro stop on campus, and a metro pass for the week is included in this program.

Program Fee: $2,000.00, which includes room (double occupancy with bath shared with another room), three meals a day, all entrance fees, educational programs, and transportation to various venues. Transfers from the airport, airfare to DC, laundry, liquor, and luxuries (souvenirs) are NOT included.

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To register, visit www.uaf.edu/summer/programs/travelPhone: 907-474-7021, Email: summer@alaska.edu

For more information, contact: Michelle Bartlett, Director, Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning
University of Alaska Fairbanks
email:   michelle.bartlett@alaska.edu
phone:  (907) 474-6624

Knik Lecture Series: October 12, 2017

Date Posted: October 3, 2017       Categories: News

Knik Lecture Series: Exploring the Pacific World

From the Pleistocene Ice Ages to its ‘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 for the second of the fall lectures, as we explore Alaska’s Pacific story, and how Alaskans made history via land, sea and air.

The Knik Lecture Series aims to present fresh interpretations and perspectives on WWII, in order to better remember, understand, and honor those who sacrificed so much 75 years ago today.

What:  Routes to War, Victory and Freedom

Where: Eagle River High School Multipurpose Room

When: October 12, 7pm

Public Reception:

Author Meet & Greet, Book Signing with UAA Bookstore

Connect Knik!

Featured Speakers:

Moderator: David Ramseur, Melting the Ice Curtain

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Filmmakers, Making Untold Stories, War Stories

Katherine Ringsmuth, UAA Adjunct Professor of History, Building the Alcan Highway




Keynote Address:

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

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


This is a free event and family friendly.

The Knik Lecture Series is a collaboration between UAA, Anchorage School District and Tundra Vision that connects local issues to global experiences and brings civic engagement to the community.

For more information contact Katherine Ringsmuth at 830-2251 or visit Tundra Vision on facebook for event details.

Alaska Sesquicentennial Event

Date Posted: September 8, 2017       Categories: News


When:  September 13, 2017, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Where: Noel Wien Library in Fairbanks

A video conference discussion featuring:

Wayne Jensen, Architect, Jensen Yorba, Lott, Juneau

Terrence Cole, Historian, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Stephen Haycox, Historian, University of Alaska Anchorage

Aaron Leggett, Historian and Curator, Anchorage Museum

Ross Coen, Historian and Doctoral Candidate, University of Washington

This event is sponsored by the Alaska Library Network and the OWL Program (Online With Libraries) with funding from the Alaska Historical Commission.