Welcome to the Alaska Historical Society

PCG-Organization-Icon.pngThe 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

2018 AHS Conference Call for Papers

Date Posted: March 6, 2018       Categories: News

CALL FOR PAPERS Tundra & Ice: History in Alaska’s Arctic Alaska Historical Society Annual Conference September 12-15, 2018 in Nome, Alaska Alaska’s Arctic is fertile ground for historical inquiry. Northern topics abound like whaling in the Arctic Ocean, the gold stampedes to Nome and Kotzebue Sound, the Prudhoe Bay oil strike, and the rich history […]

New publication about 1867 Alaska Transfer Ceremony

Date Posted: March 14, 2018       Categories: News

The Alaska Historical Society is pleased to announce publication of: “As the Old Flag Came Down: Eyewitnesses to the October 18, 1867 Alaska Transfer Ceremony”  Chris Allan, 2018. This 32-page booklet offers 16 eyewitness accounts of the 1867 Alaska Transfer Ceremony held in Sitka, Alaska. Drawn from newspaper stories, letters, and journals, there is one pre-transfer account, […]

Alaska History Day Judges Needed – March 23-30, 2018

Date Posted: March 12, 2018       Categories: News

More than 400 students in grades 6-12 across the state are participating in this year’s Alaska History Day contest from March 23-30. This annual competition is held at local, state, and national levels to engage kids in creating history projects about topics that resonate with them, connected to an annual national theme. This year’s National […]

Sesquicentennial Matters in Alaska

Date Posted: March 10, 2018       Categories: News

The Alaska Historical Society is pleased to announce that the National Council on Public History just published an article “Sesquicentennial Matters in Alaska” by Anna Lee Hirschi, our contractor for Alaska’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Alaska Treaty of Cession. 

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 […]